NEW DELHI: A delegation of senior Congress leaders on Monday met President Pranab Mukherjee and accused the BJP and the central government of dismantling opposition governments in states, especially those ruled by the Congress.
In its memorandum submitted to the president, Congress sought to bring to his attention the “blatant, arbitrary and unconstitutional actions” of the BJP and the union government to “destabilise and topple” the democratically-elected Uttarakhand government.
“The Congress has a clear majority in the legislative assembly. Attempts are being made to recommend imposition of president`s rule in Uttarakhand. Such a course of action, if endorsed by the union government, would be unconstitutional.
“Any attempt by the government at the behest of the BJP to impose President`s Rule would be ex facie illegal. Resort to Article 356 of the constitution in these circumstances would be a mockery since the present government enjoys the confidence of members of the House and is ready to prove its majority on the floor of the house on the 28th of March 2016,” said the memorandum.
“Attempts are also being made to persuade the governor to prepone the session to render proceedings under the Tenth Schedule infructuous. This is also a constitutional impropriety.