Mumbai: In more embarrassment for BJP, its ally Shiv Sena has slammed the Centre, saying ''its law was thrown in the dustbin" and that a court verdict which has removed President's Rule in Uttarakhand proves that the Union government acted out of "political selfishness".
In an editorial published in its mouthpiece 'Saamana', the Sena said the High Court verdict implicates President Pranab Mukherjee too, because he did not contest the decision to remove Rawat's government.
"The President's image has also been dented," the Sena editorial said.
The sharp reactions from Shiv Sena came a day after the Uttarakhand High Court set aside the President's Rule imposed by the Centre in Uttarakhand and restored the Harish Rawat-led Congress government.
The high court said that the Centre had incorrectly removed the Congress government of Harish Rawat last month in the hill state.
In successive hearings, judges said that President's Rule, which places a state under the administration of the Centre though the Governor, had been misused in this case to evict a democratically-elected government.
The Centre has denied any wrongdoing and has appealed against the High Court's decision in the Supreme Court.
The Shiv Sena partners with the BJP in governing Maharashtra; the party is also a constituent of the PM's coalition government. However, it has proven to be a frequent and vocal dissident of government policies and decisions.