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BJP should stop fishing in troubled waters: Congress on Tamil Nadu political crisis

The Congress on Tuesday asked the BJP to stop fishing in troubled waters in Tamil Nadu and demanded the Governor to convene a special Assembly session immediately to find who has the majority on the floor of the House.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2017 01:51 IST
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Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala briefing the press at the Congress office in Dehradun.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala briefing the press at the Congress office in Dehradun.(PTI)

The Congress on Tuesday asked the BJP to stop fishing in troubled waters in Tamil Nadu and demanded the Governor to convene a special Assembly session immediately to find who has the majority on the floor of the House.

Welcoming the conviction of AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala by the Supreme Court in a corruption case, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, the rule of the law and the Constitution must prevail.

“BJP and Modi government should now stop fishing in troubled waters. Role of the governor, which has been circumspect in the entire episode, must now become clear and rule of law and Constitution must prevail.

“Governor must forthwith call a special session of the Tamil Nadu Vidhan Sabha to permit the ruling party including more than one claimant, if any, to prove their majority on the floor of the House in accordance with the verdict in Bommai case,” he told reporters.

Surjewala said it is essential that clarity on formation of government must come as soon as possible and “BJP, the Modi government and the governor should not stand in the way of the democracy but permit the majority will to prevail”.

He said that irrespective of ideological differences, whoever has the mandate of the people must be permitted to rule the state.

He also asked as to why the governor was shying away from convening a special session of state assembly and permit the ruling party to prove its mandate.

“Why the Supreme Court (SC) judgment in SR Bommai case is not being adhered to and followed either by the governor and the central government,” he asked.

The Congress leader said the most important issue is to have a stable government in Tamil Nadu to ensure the delivery of services to the people of Tamil Nadu and good governance.

Surjewala said the apex court found Sasikala guilty and debarred her from holding any public office.

“The Supreme Court is the final court of the land and the SC having spoken, each one of us must respect the verdict of the court and we have nothing further to add in the matter,” he said.

AIADMK chief Sasikala was convicted in a corruption case by the Supreme Court which dashed her ambition to become the Tamil Nadu chief minister, as the verdict holding her guilty of entering into a conspiracy with late AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa would bar her from electoral politics for the next decade.

The apex court judgement, delivered at a time when the state is witnessing a bitter power struggle with acting chief minister O Panneerselvam in the aftermath of Jayalalithaa’s demise, set aside the Karnataka high court order acquitting all the four accused and “restored in toto” the trial court’s decision in 19-year-old disproportionate assets case.