New Delhi, Mar 27: Ahead of Monday's trust vote exercise in the Uttarakhand assembly, the center imposing President's rule on the state has attracted scathing flak from the Congress party. The Congress party has termed the move as atrocious and strategized assault on democracy.
Earlier the speaker of Uttarakhand assembly effecting Anti Defection Law 1985 disqualified 9 Congress law makers for rebelling against the party. This had reduced the number of MLAs from 70 to 61. The assembly was due to go into trust vote on Monday, March 28.
In a sudden development the centre after getting the nod from the President imposed President's rule on the state in the afternoon hours of Sunday, March 27.
Assault on democracy: Moily
Sharply reacting to the fresh move by the Narendra Modi led NDA (National Democratic Alliance), Former Union Minister, and MP Veerappa Moily termed the action as 'murder of democracy'. "The Modi government has subverted the democratic process and it is the blatant assault on the democracy of the nation."
What the centre has done was atrocious. It is unfortunately, both attack on the Constitution of India and the democracy. Though the speaker of Uttarakhand assembly disqualified 9 MLAs exercising Anti Defection Law, the centre has gone ahead with wrongly imposing the the rule, Moily opined to OneIndia.
He said there is a pattern to this. "The government earlier imposed president's rule on state of Arunachal Pradesh and now Uttarakhand is bearing the brunt of NDA's political brutalities," Moily viewed. He further added that the trend is dangerous and the government is constantly trying to subvert democratic process.
This would hurt the BJP over the course of time and BJP will not come to power in the upcoming general elections, Moily observed.
Murder of democracy
A spokesperson of the Congress Brijesh Kalappa said "I have been continuously saying that there is a pattern to this." After Arunachal Pradesh, the NDA has now successfully destabilised another Congress ruled state." He termed the action as murder of democracy.
After BJP lost elections in Delhi and Bihar, the party is resorting to ugly modes to destabilise the Congress ruled states. The trend is very dangerous and the government will continue this.
When asked about Anti-Defection Law enforcement, Brijesh said, though the law was introduced during Rajeev Gandhi's era in 1985, it was present BJP government strengthened the law and ironically they themselves have violated it.
Another spokesperson Dr Ajoy Kumar said the BJP is trying to assassin the very essence of democracy. With all possible means, he alleged, the BJP is trying to destabilise the Congress.