NEW DELHI: President’s Rule has been imposed in Uttarakhand and the state Assembly has been kept in suspended animation, media reports said on Sunday.
President Pranab Mukherjee signed the proclamation under Article 356 of the Constitution on Sunday morning, PTI said citing highly placed sources.
The recommendation for Central rule was made by the Union Cabinet at its emergency meeting on Saturday night, chaired by PM Narendra Modi. After the Cabinet meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley briefed the President late last night, the sources said.
The Cabinet considered several reports received from Governor K K Paul, who had described the political situation as volatile and expressed apprehensions over possible pandemonium during the scheduled trial of strength in the state Assembly tomorrow. The dismissal of the Rawat government now renders tomorrow’s confidence vote infructuous.
Earlier in the day CM Harish Rawat had accused the BJP of threatening his party with President’s Rule and using money and muscle to topple the state govt. “The Centre is threatening a small state like Uttarakhand with President’s rule. It is not acceptable in a parliamentary system. There is a procedure for President’s rule, which has emerged following precedence,” he told reporters on the eve of the floor test which he is due to face in the state assembly. Calling it a murder of democracy he added, “They (BJP) have attacked democracy with money and muscle power”
Arun Jaitley had in turn said that Uttarakhand was a “textbook example of breakdown of governance.”
(With Agency inputs)