Uttarakhand Crisis: Congress Calls the Ordinance Unconstitutional 

Congress dismisses Uttarakhand ordinance, calls it unconstitutional. 

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File photo of Congress leader Manish Tewari in Kolkata. (Photo: IANS)

The Uttarakhand ordinance issue escalated with the Congress dismissing the ordinance issued by the Centre to authorise expenditure from Monday, as “unconstitutional”, reports PTI.

The party has said that it would move court against the ordinance. It contends that the state Assembly had duly passed the Appropriation Bill on 18 March, and the Speaker had declared it so.

“Can there be two budgets? One passed by the state Assembly and the other promulgated through an ordinance by the central government?”

How can the central government be the arbiter of proceedings in a Vidhan Sabha? The Centre’s move is unconstitutional. It is the Modi government’s sinister conspiracy to obstruct and annul implementation of public welfare schemes and programmes, funds for which were allotted in the Budget.
Manish Tewari, Congress Spokesperson

Striking a similar note, the party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the Uttarakhand Assembly “constitutionally passed” the Appropriation bill reflecting the people’s aspirations.

Terming the move as “legislative dishonesty” of the BJP government to deny genuine developmental aspirations of the people of Uttarakhand, he claimed that this was done first by proroguing Parliament and then “following the ordinance route to perpetuate illegalities”.

Congress has accused the Centre of having “murdered democracy” by imposing President’s rule in the state.

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