Venkaiah justifies president rule on U’Khand

Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu today justified President’s rule on Uttarakhand State to prevent Constitutional crisis.

Speaking to the media here, the Union minister said the Centre was very clear that there is a Constitution breakdown in Uttarakhand State because the Appropriation Bill was not passed. “On one hand the government was saying that the Appropriation Bill has been passed by voice vote, on the other, the Speaker disqualified the MLAs saying that “you have opposed the government. How can these two things go together? There is confusion on the contradiction that has to be cleared,” Naidu said.

“Secondly, how can you have a trial of strength by disqualifying the MLAs? The trial of strength has to be fair and impartial. If you disqualify the Opposition or if you disqualify the MLAs, who are opposing you and then you say that I have got the majority, it will be travesty of truth and also against the basic principles of democracy,” he said.

Stating that he has full respect for judiciary, Venkaiah Naidu said the Supreme Court will look into the matter and “We have to wait till final judgment delivered”. It may be mentioned here that setting aside the President’s rule, the Uttarakhand High Court directed Harish Rawat to prove his government’s majority on the floor of the House on April 29. (NSS)