Ram Madhav trying to invade Governor’s domain, alleges Harsh

He said that the Governor had to decide the issue in concurrence with the President of India in terms of the mandate of section 92 of state constitution.

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Jammu, Publish Date: Aug 18 2018 2:15AM | Updated Date: Aug 18 2018 2:15AM
Ram Madhav trying to invade Governor’s domain, alleges HarshFile Photo

Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) chairman, Harsh Dev Singh here on Friday accused BJP national general secretary, Ram Madhav of attempting to encroach upon the powers of the Governor.

 As per press statement, while referring to the interview given by Madhav to a news web portal regarding continuation of suspension of Assembly, continuation of Governor Rule and its subsequent replacement by President Rule, Harsh questioned the locus of the BJP national general secretary in issuing statements over subjects which fell under the exclusive domain of the Governor as head of the  state.

He said that Ram Madhav’s highly authoritative announcements amounted to invasion into sovereign authority and autonomy of Governor as the constitutional head of the state. 

Ram Madhav has been fiddling with the affairs of the state in the past as well, his remarks over constitutional matters were wholly uncalled for and unwarranted, said Harsh. 

Singh said it was not for Ram Madhav to decide the period of suspension of Assembly and continuance or otherwise of Governor Rule which was the prerogative of the Governor under section 92 of the state constitution. 

He said that the Governor had to decide the issue in concurrence with the President of India in terms of the mandate of section 92 of state constitution.

Harsh pointed out that court rulings as well as constitutional position on the subject was unambiguously clear that if no party or combination of parties was in a position to form the government, the only option was to dissolve the Assembly. 

He said that even the apex court in a plethora of Judgments and relying on Justice Sakaria Commission report laid down that suspension of Assembly can’t be allowed for indefinite period as that would be violation of spirit of constitution besides paving the way for unethical moves in government formation. The issue however was to be decided by the Governor in the light of existing position of law and legal precedents and a political office bearer could not issue such directives on the subject, said Singh.

JKNPP state secretary Gagan Partap Singh and Anoop Singh were also present in the press conference. 

 

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