Upping the ante on the Uttarakhand political crisis, Congress leaders have given notices to discuss the matter in Rajya Sabha suspending the question hour and adoption of a resolution condemning the imposition of President’s Rule there.
The notices given by leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and deputy leader of congress in the house, Anand Sharma, seek to corner the government on the issue accusing it of “destabilising” a democratically-elected government in Uttarakhand.
In his notice given under Rule 267, Sharma has also sought from Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari the passage of a resolution condemning the Modi government for “destabilistion” of the Uttarakhand government and imposition of President’s Rule in the state.
The resolution reads “this House deplores the destabilisation of the democratically elected government in Uttarakhand and disapproves the unjustified imposition of President’s Rule there under Article 356 of the Constitution.”
Ever since the dismissal of the Rawat government and clamping of central rule, Congress has mounted an offensive against the Narendra Modi dispensation.
The party had started ‘Loktantra Bachao, Uttarakhand Bachao’ (Save Democracy, Save Uttarakhand) campaign to mobilise public support against the Centre.
The Supreme Court on Friday stayed till April 27 the judgement of the state High Court quashing imposition of President’s rule, giving a new turn to the continuing political drama in the state by restoring central rule there.
Congress is trying to project the imposition of President’s Rule in Uttarakhand and earlier in another party- ruled state of Arunachal Pradesh as an “attack” on the federal structure and is hopeful that a large number of Opposition parties will back it in cornering the government on the issue.
HOW EVENTS UNFOLDED
- March 27: President’s Rule imposed in the state, Speaker disqualifies rebel Congress leaders hours later
- March 28: Congress moves high court against President’s Rule and the rebels appeal their disqualifi cation
- March 29: Single-bench judge UC Dhyani allows fl oor test. BJP goes to the division bench March 30 Division bench stays trust vote, asks both Rawat and Centre to submit responses
- April 18: HC resumes hearing, makes stinging remarks against Centre saying "no one is king or absolute, President can be wrong, judges can be wrong"
- April 21: HC revokes President’s Rule
- April 22: SC stays HC ruling after Centre gives undertaking that it will not revoke President’s Rule till April 27