President's Rule imposed in Uttarakhand

Dehradun: President's Rule was imposed in Uttarakhand on Sunday after days of political uncertainty in the state.

President Pranab Mukherjee signed the proclamation to dismiss the Rawat-led Congress government placing the state assembly in suspended animation.

This is Uttarakhand's first experience with President's Rule since it was carved out of Uttar Pradesh in 2000.

The central government justified its decision, contending that the state was "a textbook case for enforcing President's Rule" on grounds of "breakdown of governance".

"I believe there cannot be a better example (for implementing President's Rule)," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in New Delhi. "For the last nine days, the constitution was being violated in Uttarakhand."

"It was not only appropriate but the demand of the time that such an immoral government did not continue in Uttarakhand which has lost its majority. There was complete breakdown of the Constitution in Uttarakhand," he said.

(With agency inputs)

News24 Bureau