Tremendous setback to Centre, says U’khand CM
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, who had challenged the dimissal of his government, on Tuesday said the High Court order for floor test was a ‘tremendous setback’ to the Centre and expressed confidence that it will deter the Narendra Modi government from ‘destabilising’ the Congress-ruled state governments.
“Congress and our government have full respect for the judiciary. We still do not have the full judgement of the High Court, but the part of the order available shows that the court holds the Centre’s decision wrong,” he told reporters.
He noted that Governor K K Paul had ordered floor test in the Assembly to be held on March 28 but against that the Centre had imposed the President’s Rule in the state.
“Our fight is not against any person but the powers which are out to demolish the Constitutional institutions. Such powers have received a tremendous setback,” Rawat said while attacking the Modi dispensation in the wake of the verdict.
He said Uttarakhand has already suffered a “jolt” and “deep wounds” in the form of defections but other opposition-ruled states will be saved from the Centre’s designs.
“After this (court verdict), there will be a stop on attempts to destabilise other opposition ruled state governments,” he said.
Rawat, whose government was sacked on Sunday on the grounds of “breakdown of Constitutional machinery”, had moved the court yesterday, calling the Centre’s decision as “arbitrary” and demanded its quashing.
Meanwhile, Rawat said he will hold a 24-hour fast if any attempt is made by the Centre to annul the appropriation Bill ‘passed’ by the state Assembly on its annual budget for 2016-17 after reports suggested that such a move may be afoot.
Claiming that the legislation was tabled and passed by the elected House in accordance with parliamentary norms, Rawat said, “I have learnt from newspaper reports that there is an effort by the Centre to cancel the appropriation Bill.
“We want to warn the Centre that the people of the state will not tolerate any such move as it is a document reflecting their aspirations. I will observe a 24-hour fast if any such attempt is made by the BJP-led Union government.”
Constitutional provisions were strictly followed in the tabling and passage of the Bill, the Congress leader said, adding that any move to overturn or annul it would be an insult to the Assembly, which was in existence on March 18 and is still in existence despite being in suspended animation.
“As the threat to annul the legislation has come from the Union Finance Minister (Arun Jaitley), we take it very seriously and warn that the people of the state will not let him throw a legislation passed by the state Assembly into the dustbin,” Rawat said.
He alleged that there was a BJP conspiracy to obstruct the implementation of the schemes and programmes meant for people at the grassroots, funds for whom had been earmarked in the budget.
Citing constitutional provisions, Rawat said the passage of the appropriation Bill was the exclusive right of the state Assembly and it cannot be challenged.