23 April, 2021

Suspended Animation

The BJP plays the Article 356 card—and walks into a constitutional landmine

Suspended Animation
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ON September 24, Laloo Prasad Yadav carried out a mock exorcising of his three ghosts, Vajpayee, Advani and George, in Patna. At a place which is better known for protestors putting up tents, he got one of his deputies to do the invocation. There was much mirth and merriment and a good time was had by all. Twentyfour hours later, it turned out that the invocation had borne fruit.

The sting lay in the tail. And it came as a bit of an anti-climax at the end of a hectic week. In a weighty communique addressed to the Union government, president K.R. Narayanan turned down the Union cabinet's proposal to dismiss the Bihar government and place the assembly under "suspended animation", reportedly citing the fact that the Rabri government had just won a post-walkout 190-0 trust vote in the 321-strong state assembly and thus invalidated a case of constitutional breakdown. The communique quoted legal precedents to indicate the loopholes in the dismissal proposal.

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