Rawat suo motu restoring chief minister post is illegal and unconstituional: BJP

BJP accused Harish Rawat of taking charge as Chief Minister saying it's illegal to assume office 'suo motu' before the Uttarakhand HC order could reach the Centre.

PTI April 22, 2016 18:38:43 IST
Rawat suo motu restoring chief minister post is illegal and unconstituional: BJP

Dehradun: BJP on Friday accused Harish Rawat of taking charge as Chief Minister in an "unconstitutional manner" saying it's illegal to assume office "suo motu" before the Uttarakhand High Court order quashing imposition of President's rule in the state and reviving his government could reach the Centre and the Governor.

"By taking charge suo motu as Chief Minister, Rawat has created a constitutional crisis," state BJP Spokesman Munna Singh Chauhan told reporters here.

Rawat suo motu restoring chief minister post is illegal and unconstituional BJP

Deposed chief minister Harish Rawat. File photo. PTI

The High Court order quashing President's rule and reinstating the state government should have been implemented by the President, the Centre or the Governor, he said.

He also objected to Rawat holding two Cabinet meetings since last evening saying it was illegal and in violation of democratic norms to convene the meetings before proving majority on 29 April as directed by the High Court.

As assuming charge of chief minister suo motu is illegal so are the Cabinet meetings chaired by him. And hence the decisions taken in the meetings null and void, Chauhan said.

He requested the Governor to instruct state's Chief Secretary to ensure decisions taken by the Cabinet at the last two meetings are not implemented.

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