Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today backed up the imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand. Jaitley posted a status on social-networking site Facebook titled ‘A State Without A Budget’. He lashed out at Congress party and leaders through the post. Uttarakhand was brought under President’s rule on Sunday, a day before Harish Rawat government was slated to prove its majority in the Assembly.
Center government held an emergency meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday night, after which Finance Minister Arun Jaitley briefed the President about the ongoing situation and Center government’s recommendation of imposing President’s rule in Uttarakhand. President Pranab Mukherjee then signed the proclamation under Article 356 of the Constitution and thus dismissed the Harish Rawat government. Now Congress decided to move to High Court against the imposition of President’s rule.
Arun Jaitley mentioned, “The Congress party in the State of Uttarakhand split after a section of the leadership alleged that they were dis-satisfied both with the Chief Minister and the central leadership of the Congress party. The split was on account of reasons internal to the Congress party. Nine Members of the Congress party in the Legislative Assembly decided to vote against the Appropriation Bill which provides for the budget of the State.”
He claimed with strong facts that the Appropriation Bill was defeated in the state assembly on 18 March and thus the continuation of government after 18 March was unconstitutional.
Both BJP and Congress are accusing each other for murdering democracy. Earlier Harish Rawat accused BJP of playing dirty politics and lashed at BJP central leadership for political crisis in Uttarakhand. He alleged, “Modi and Amit Shah wanted to topple my government at all costs. They wanted to remove Harish Rawat from the scene for which they went to the extent of murdering democracy. They even murdered the sentiments of the people of Uttarakhand.”
In response to that, Arun Jaitley said, “The failure of Appropriation Bill leaves the State without any approved financial expenditure with effect from 1st April 2016. What better evidence do we need of a breakdown of Constitution? The Congress Government of Uttarakhand was murdering democracy every day from the 18th of March till the 27th of March.”
Jaitley further accused Harish Rawat of starting allurement and horse-trading to save his government. He even lashed out at Uttarakhand assembly speaker Govind Kunjwal for suspending rebel Congress MLAs.
Earlier on Sunday, Harish Rawat tried to meet Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul, for requesting him for a chance to prove majority in the assembly. He claimed that he still has the majority needed to run the government and should be given a chance for floor test.