Murder of democracy, says Cong on Prez rule in Uttarakhand
Congress on Sunday termed as “murder of democracy” and “unconstitutional” the decision of the central government to impose President’s rule in Uttarkhand and said the Narendra Modi dispensation was out to bring down duly-elected governments.
“It is murder of democracy,” Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi said while commenting on dismissal of the party’s government in Uttarakhand.
He said it demonstrates that BJP does not believe in democracy.
“It is not surprising...The real desire of the government of India is to bring down duly-elected governments of small states in an undemocratic and unconstitutional manner,” Congress general secretary Ambika Soni said.
“At every step, constitutional rules have been broken...
The Governor did not send the kind of report (rebel Congress leader Vijay) Bahuguna and BJP wanted...it is so glaring for everyone to see,” she said. She said Chief Minister Harish Rawat would have proved his majority on the floor of Assembly on Monday.
On options available with the Congress, Soni said “CM Harish Rawat is in process of discussing with his Cabinet colleagues what is the best possible way forward.”
Uttarakhand was brought under President’s rule by the Centre on grounds of “breakdown of governance” in a controversial decision which comes in the wake of a political crisis triggered by a rebellion in the ruling Congress.
Congress said it would never be “intimidated” by the Centre’s move and would fight it “politically, constitutionally and avail all legal rights that the party has got with it”.
Congress chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala accused the central government of hatching a “sinister conspiracy” to bring down government in states, where it is in power, from majority to minority.
“It’s (imposition of President rule) a sinister conspiracy hatched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah to bring down government in Congress ruled states from majority to minority,” Surjewala said.
Surjewala alleged, both Modi and Shah knew that they had lost the people’s faith after the Delhi and Bihar polls, and were hatching conspiracies to bring down government in Congress ruled states, he said.
He claimed that people are aware of Modi and Shah’s real face and will teach them a lesson in upcoming Assembly polls in five states.
He alleged that Modi and Shah misused money and muscle power to bring down Uttarakhand government.
“Modi and Shah indulged in horse trading but their nefarious designs will fail,” he said. “The test of popularity of present Uttarakhand government was to be held tomorrow, but knowing it they (BJP) will lose it they hatched such a conspiracy,” he said.
“PM himself is involved in the murder of democracy and violating the norms of the Constitution. Modi can’t face the ballot...we say we will prove majority...BJP ran away from doing so,” he said.
Why the Congress government in Uttarakhand was not allowed to prove its majority, Surjewala asked.
“By keeping the Assembly in suspended animation, the BJP will indulge in horse trading,” he alleged.
“Post-Arunachal, democracy has been murdered in broad day light, Constitution has been negated with defiant impunity and rajdharma has been shred to pieces by Modi government with imposition of President Rule in Uttarakhand,” Surjewala said.
BJP then sponsored a petition in the High Court through disgruntled legislators for preventing the Speaker of Assembly from exercising his constitutional powers under anti-defection law, he said.
High Court of Uttarakhand negated this conspiracy and dismissed the petition, he said. “BJP leadership then resorted to the pettiness of a fake sting operation against Chief Minister Harish Rawat and Congress government. This fake sting operation also could not cut any ice. Having failed in all conspiracies to convert majority into minority in Uttarakhand, Modi government has resorted to complete abuse of powers by imposing President’s Rule,” he said.