Harish Rawat challenges imposition of President’s rule

Monday, March 28, 2016

Dislodged Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Monday filed a petition in the Uttarakhand High Court seeking quashing of the Presidential proclamation.

The Congress has planned to tell the High Court that the decision to make MLAs defect from the party was planned by the BJP and that members of the opposition party involved in coup even boasted about their plan. With less than 24 hours before the crucial trust vote in the Uttarakhand Assembly where Chief Minister Harish Rawat was to prove majority support for his government, the Centre, in a dramatic move, dismissed the Congress government and imposed President’s rule citing breakdown of governance.

Rawat’s petition came up before the single bench of Justice U.C.Dhyani who after hearing both sides for close to four hours said that matter would be taken up again on Tuesday. The counsel for Harish told the court that invocation of Article 356 of the Constitution in Uttarkhand is absolutely illegal, arbitrary and malafide and therefore its invocation should be quashed and Harish Rawat Government be restored.

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