Defending imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley said CM Harish Rawat should have resigned after failure of Appropriation Bill, but his action complicated the situation.
Congress leaders and advocates Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi moved the high court on 28 March against President’s rule in Uttarakhand.
The nine Congress rebel MLAs, responsible for the chaos, will also challenge their disqualification from Uttarakhand assembly in court.
It may be noted on 27 March, under the anti-defection law, speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal had disqualified the nine rebels who took up cudgels against Rawat.
Criticising Uttarakhand assembly speaker Govind Kunjwal for suspending nine rebel MLAs, Jaitley said, “It is up to the Centre to make sure steps are taken under Article 357 to approve financial expenditure of the state w.e.f April 1.”
“Having thrown the state into a chaos by continuing a government which should’ve quit after failure of Appropriation Bill, the CM started horse-trading and disqualification to alter the House’s composition,” Jaitley said in a Facebook post, according to Hindustan Times.
He said, “The move by the speaker was unparalleled and there are facts to suggest the Appropriation Bill was in fact defeated and the government had to resign.”
Meanwhile, the Congress on 27 March termed the move as “murder of democracy” and said it would cast a grim shadow on the second half of the Budget Session of Parliament.