Congress hints at bringing resolution condemning President''s Rule in Uttarakhand

In an exclusive interview to ETV head Jagdish Chandra, Azad said the Congress Party is tough on this issue.

New Delhi: Expressing disappointment over the Centre's stand on the political turmoil in Uttarakhand, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad has on the eve of the Budget Session said that the Congress Party may bring a resolution condemning the move of the ruling dispensation.

In an exclusive interview to ETV head Jagdish Chandra, Azad said the Congress Party is tough on this issue.

The state`s `ousted` chief minister Harish Rawat had earlier said he is still expecting a call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying `let`s forget what has happened in the past and start from the beginning`.

Earlier on Friday, the Supreme Court admitted the Centre`s challenge to the Uttarakhand High Court`s decision and restored President`s rule for the simple and technical reason that the April 21 High Court ruling issued by Uttarakhand Chief Justice K.M. Joseph had not been "made available in the public domain".

The apex court ruled that the High Court`s judgement would "remain in abeyance" till the next date of hearing on April 27.

The apex court also issued directions to the High Court to release the signed judgement by April 26 to all parties involved in the case, who will subsequently file copies before the apex court on April 27.

The Supreme Court also received an oral undertaking from Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that the Centre would not revoke the President`s rule in Uttarakhand till April 27 and try to impose a BJP regime in the state.

Meanwhile, Azad also that the Congress Party wants the Mehbooba Mufti-led Jammu and Kashir Government to complete its full term.He, however, said that the government should not have interfered on the NIT students` issue.

During the second half of the Budget Session, the BJP-led NDA Government hopes to garner the support of opposition parties in passage of key legislations, including the GST Bill.

Besides, the Bill to replace Enemy Property Ordinance, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code and Companies Amendment Bill will also be taken up.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan earlier in the day held an all-party meet to discuss ways for smooth functioning of the Parliament.

During the meeting, Mahajan sought cooperation from floor leaders of different parties to ensure smooth transaction of business in the House.