New Delhi: President’s rule has been imposed in Uttarakhand and the State Assembly has been put under suspended animation.
Uttarakhand is the second State after Arunachal Pradesh, that has been brought under President’s Rule this year.
The decision to impose President’s Rule was taken last night at an emergency meeting of the Union Cabinet called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the Uttarakhand crisis, where the Congress Government led by Harish Rawat lacked numbers in the Assembly after 9 Congress MLAS had revolted. The Assembly Speaker had asked Rawat to prove majority on Monday, 28 March but the decision to impose President’s rule came before that after a sting video went viral yesterday showing the Chief Minister offering money to the rebel MLAs to buy support.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told media persons that Constitution was being being murdered in Uttarakhand as the Money Bill was passed in the Assembly without majority. This is the first such instance in Independent India, he said adding for the last nine days the Constitution was being blatantly violated and it was the need of the hour to invoke Article 356. The Assembly has been put under suspended animation and President Rule has been imposed.
The Congress has reacted by saying that the Constitution has been murdered. There was a trial of strength scheduled for Monday- why this urgency then. The party has also decided to approach the High Court to challenge the imposition of President’s Rule
Th ousted chief Minister Harish Rawat said that he was regretting that he did not act against his minister Harak Rawat for corruption. He further said the MLAs had rebelled only after he tried to intervene.