Upping ante, Congress seeks Uttarakhand debate in Rajya Sabha
Upping the ante on the Uttarakhand political crisis, Congress leaders have given notices to discuss the matter in the Rajya Sabha and also seek the adoption of a resolution condemning the imposition of President's Rule in Uttarakhand.
Congress is trying to project the imposition of President's Rule in Uttarakhand, and earlier in the other Congress party-ruled state of Arunachal Pradesh, as an "attack" on the federal structure and is hopeful that a large number of Opposition parties will back it in cornering the government on the issue.
The notices given by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and Deputy Leader of Congress in the House, Anand Sharma, seek to corner the government on the issue - accusing it of "destabilising" a democratically-elected government in Uttarakhand.
In his notice given under Rule 267, Sharma has also sought from Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari the passage of a resolution condemning the Modi government for "destabilisation" of the Uttarakhand government and imposition of President's Rule in the state.
The resolution reads "this House deplores the destabilisation of the democratically elected government in Uttarakhand and disapproves the unjustified imposition of President's Rule there under Article 356 of the Constitution."
Ever since the dismissal of the Rawat government and clamping of central rule, Congress has mounted an offensive against the Narendra Modi dispensation. The party had started 'Loktantra Bachao, Uttarakhand Bachao' (Save Democracy, Save Uttarakhand) campaign to mobilise public support against the Centre.
The Supreme Court yesterday stayed till April 27 the judgement of the state High Court quashing imposition of President's rule, giving a new turn to the continuing political drama in the state by restoring central rule there.