Sunday, March 27, 2016
Putting a nine-day political dram, the Centre on Sunday brought Uttarakhand under President’s rule citing a Constitutional breakdown.
President Pranab Mukherjee signed the proclamation under Article 356 of the Constitution dismissing the Congress government headed by Harish Rawat and placing the Assembly under suspended animation following the recommendation of the Union Cabinet. It may be recalled that the Union Cabinet held an emergency meeting on Saturday night that was presided by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to recommend the President to clamp President’s rule. The purported CD of the sting operation conducted against the Chief Minster that was in public domain was understood to have been factored into the decision of the Cabinet that found it as a case of horse trading.
The Congress on its part denounced the decision calling it as ‘murder of democracy’. Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad termed it as a blatant and brazen display of authoritarian mindset of Modi government.