Nainital: Delivering a major blow to the Modi government, the Uttarakhand High Court yesterday quashed the proclamation of President’s rule in the state and revived the Congress government headed by Harish Rawat, who has been asked to prove his majority in the Assembly on April 29.
Chief Justice K M Joseph (left) and Justice V K Bist of Uttarakhand High Court who on Thursday quashed imposition of President's rule. Pics/PTI
Coming down heavily on the Centre for the March 27 proclamation under Art 356, a division bench of the High Court headed by Chief Justice K M Joseph said the imposition of President’s rule was contrary to the law laid down by the Supreme Court.
In a lengthy judgement dictated in the open court after the Centre’s counsel declined to give an undertaking that the government would not revoke the President’s for a week for the court to give its verdict, the bench made strong observations on the Centre’s resort to Art 356 of the Constitution in the instant case.
“What is at stake here is not just the petitioner’s government but democracy at large,” the bench said dealing with the Centre’s argument that since the petitioner did not disclose in his plea the representation by BJP MLAs to the Governor seeking division of votes. Ordering restoration of his government, the court said Rawat must necessarily obtain a vote of confidence by holding a floor test on April 29.
PM Modi, Amit Shah must apologise
The Uttarakhand HC’s verdict spurred an elated Congress to attack the BJP, demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for “trampling” democracy and “murdering” the constitution. The verdict is a slap on face of BJP for trying to dislodge an elected government, it said.
HC verdict is a victory for U’khand: Rawat
An upbeat Harish Rawat yesterday made it clear that his government does not want to pursue a confrontationist path with the “mighty, powerful and broad-chested” Centre, asking it to work in a spirit of cooperative federalism. Hailing the Uttarakhand High Court verdict, Rawat said the Modi government should forget the recent developments and cooperate. He said, “Uttarakhand has got justice... This is a victory of people of Uttarakhand. We welcome the verdict. The whole country knows who was behind the political instability in the state.”
Modi should respect democracy: Kejriwal
Reacting to the Uttarakhand High Court order quashing President’s rule in the state, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal yesterday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should “respect democracy”. “This is a huge embarrassment to Modi Govt. He shud stop interfering wid elected govts and respect democracy (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted.