DEHRADUN: The political crisis in Uttarakhand became a sinewave path even more complex after today with the Supreme Court verdict that for now, Harish Rawat of the Indian National Congress cannot function as Chief Minister of this hill state.
Yesterday only, the High Court of Uttarakhand reinstated him and cancelled President’s Rule, which was introduced by the Centre last month.
Points to be noted in this case:
Uttarakhand will remain under President’s Rule.: The Supreme Court has said that till its next hearing on Wednesday, Uttarakhand will remain under President’s Rule. So effect of this verdict Mr Rawat, is now again back to being the former Chief Minister of the state.
“Yesterday I was reinstated by high court, before that I was dismissed chief minister, now I am a former chief minister. It is an interim order,” Mr Rawat said.
The Centre has guaranteed that it will not withdraw President’s Rule before the top court makes a decision. That closes off the option of the BJP being invited to form the government.
The Centre introduced President’s Rule one day before Mr Rawat was to take a trust vote in March. The timing of the Centre’s move and its motives has been tagged suspect by judges of the Uttarakhand High Court.
Governor to act as Centre’s Key administrator now: President’s Rule places a state under the administration of the Centre through the Governor.
Centre misused President’s Rule : Mr Rawat, his party Congress and the Uttarakhand High Court – say the Centre misused President’s Rule to get rid of an elected government led by an opposition party. The Centre says that’s incorrect and that Mr Rawat heads a minority government and cannot remain in office. As evidence, it claims that last month, when Mr Rawat presented the state’s budget, nine Congressmen voted against it. The Centre says that the budget was wrongly declared as cleared.
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