Prez Rule Quashed: Centre to Move SC Against Uttarakhand HC Order

Following the High Court order to end President’s rule in Uttarakhand, Congress seeks to corner the government.

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Harish Rawat, Uttarakhand Chief Minister. (Photo: PTI)

The Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday struck down President’s rule imposed in the state by the Central government. Former Chief Minister Harish Rawat will be reinstated in his position, KC Kaushik, Rawat’s lawyer, said.

A triumphant but conciliatory Rawat urged the BJP-led Central government to forget the entire episode and work together in the spirit of “cooperative federalism” for the betterment of the state.

I would like to request the Centre to close this chapter and work together to compensate for what we have lost. We would want to forget this unfortunate chapter and move forward in the direction of development.
Harish Rawat, Chief Minister, Uttarakhand

The court’s ruling has left the Centre undaunted. The BJP-led Central government will exploit the last legal remedy available to them before approaching the Supreme Court.

Senior ministers Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley met at party chief Amit Shah’s house following the high court’s ruling. The Centre will challenge the verdict in the Supreme Court on Friday.

According to the BJP, the failure of the Assembly to approve the Appropriation Bill and the “arbitrary” disqualification of nine rebel Congress MLAs are some grounds on which President’s rule may be imposed in the state.

The high court’s order comes just days before the Parliament session, which begins on Monday. The order is a shot in the arm for the Congress, which is seeking to corner the government on the issue. The congress is formulating a joint strategy with other opposition parties.

Congress deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma submitted a motion stating:

This House deplores destabilisation of the democratically-elected government in the state of Uttarakhand and disapproves the unjustified imposition of President’s rule under Article 356 of the Constitution.
Anand Sharma

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