Uttarakhand under Prez rule: Omar hits out at BJP

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday said BJP’s actions in Uttarakhand were “a clear admission they knew they were losing the floor test” and that the party’s commitment to democracy was “only so long as elections throw up its governments”.

“The BJP’s actions in #Uttarakhand are a clear admission they knew they were losing the floor test,” Omar wrote on Twitter.

He said, “BJP have no problem murdering democracy so long as their Congress Mukht Bharat (Congress free India) slogan is adhered to.”

“By hook or by crook. The BJP’s commitment to democracy is only so long as elections throw up BJP governments,” he said.

Omar, who is the working president of National Conference, said PDP president Mehbooba Mufti was given over two months time to think over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir only because the party was in alliance with BJP.

“Because it was a BJP alliance, Mehbooba was given 2 1/2 (two and a half) months to make up her mind. No such courtesy would’ve been extended to opposition,” he said.

Capping a nine-day high-voltage political drama, the Centre today brought Uttarakhand under President’s rule citing a Constitutional breakdown in the wake of a rebellion in the ruling Congress, which slammed the decision calling it a “murder of democracy” and a “black” day.

President Pranab Mukherjee signed the proclamation under Article 356 of the Constitution dismissing the Congress government headed by Harish Rawat and placing the Assembly under suspended animation this morning on the recommendation of the Union Cabinet.

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