Defiant Jaitley justifies dismissal of elected govt of Uttarakhand, says Rawat govt was immoral


Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday justified the dismissal of the elected government of Uttarakhand calling it “unconstitutional” and “immoral” since 18 March adding that it had shown “failed” Appropriation Bill as passed.

“There can be no better example of implementation of Article 356 (imposition of President’s Rule)…There was complete breakdown of the Constitution in Uttarakhand,” Union Minister for Finance and Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley told reporters in Delhi.

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Jaitley, who after having lost Lok Sabha elections, was brought to parliament through Rajya Sabha, added, “There were very good grounds for the Union Cabinet to recommend President’s Rule in the state… The Chief Minister had lost majority on 18th (of March) and his continuation was unconstitutional and immoral.”

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While referring to March 18, as reported by PTI, he said in the 71-member Assembly, 67 members, excluding the Speaker, were present out of whom 35 wanted Division of Votes on the Appropriation Bill.

The Division of votes was sought in writing in advance by the 35 members who also voted against the Bill, despite which the Speaker showed the legislation as passed, Jaitley said.

“The Speaker said in writing that ‘the Division was sought but I treat the bill as passed’… This is for the first time in the history of Independent India that a bill is shown as passed even when it has been defeated. That was the first violation of the Constitution,” said Jaitley.

The Appropriation Bill empowers the government to draw funds for expenses from April one and if it is defeated on the floor of the House, the government has to resign.

Among other reasons cited for dismissing the Rawat government were attempts to “change the composition of the Assembly”, “allurements” allegedly offered by the Chief Minister and long time given to him to prove his majority.