SC to hear PIL against President’s Rule in Uttarakhand next week

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will hear  a PIL challenging imposition of President’s Rule in crisis ridden Uttarakhand next week.

“Let it be listed next week,” a bench comprising Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justices R Banumathi and UU Lalit said.

The court’s observation came when advocate ML Sharma sought urgent listing of the public interest litigation (PIL) on the issue.

President’s Rule was imposed in Uttarakhand on Sunday by the Centre on grounds of ‘breakdown of governance’ in a controversial decision that came in wake of a political crisis triggered by a rebellion in the ruling Congress.

The BJP  expressed confidence that it will form the government in the state as the Congress rebel MLAs joined it  and harish Rawat government was reduced to a minority  but the Assembly Speaker’s decision to disqualify the rebels supporting BJP derailed BJP’s plan

Party sources said they would wait to see how the matter progresses in court before taking a decision.

“It is no longer a political matter only as the court too will have a view now. We will have to wait,” they said.

Earlier, former chief minister Harish Rawat moved Uttarakhand High Court seeking revocation of President’s Rule in the state and restoration of his government, terming the Modi government’s decision as a “brazen display of high-handedness and authoritarianism”.
Meanwhile, the Congress on Monday said that it was ‘ready’ for fresh polls in the state and alleged that the BJP toppled the Harish Rawat government, as it feared defeat due to the ‘good work’ done by the party’s government in the state.

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