Prez Rule returns as SC stays U’khand HC order
CRISIS Rawat- led Cong govt can’t take decisions, next SC hearing on April 27
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court stayed until April 27 an Uttarakhand high court order that had revoked President’s Rule in the state, handing a reprieve to the Narendra Modi-led government on Friday. After an hour-long hearing of a Centre’s petition challenging Thursday’s high court order, the top court said it was keeping the verdict in abeyance in absence of a copy of the ruling.
“You don’t revoke President’s rule just like that. The files should have been called for. How much deliberation has gone into the issue? This is a serious matter,” a bench of justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh said.
The SC stay came after attorney general Mukul Rohatgi gave an undertaking that the Centre will not revoke President’s rule until April 27. The interim order means central rule returns to the hill state and the Harish Rawat-led Congress government would not be able to make any decisions for now.
Though the top court’s order comes as a relief to the Centre, it is unlikely to stop the Congressled opposition from launching a frontal attack on the Modi government when Parliament reconvenes on Monday . The Congress accuses the BJP of trying to topple opposition-ruled states.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi met her trusted lieutenants on Thursday to discuss the party’s strategy after the high court verdict. Congress leaders told HT that there was no question of supporting the government on any issue including the crucial GST bill after the BJP’s “assault on democratically-elected state governments”.
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