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BJP accuses UPA of double standards


New Delhi : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday accused the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of using double standards for imposing president’s rule in Meghalaya but not in Orissa.

The BJP parted ways with Orissa’s ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leading to a trust vote on March 11 that the Naveen Patnaik government won through a controversial voice vote.

“In Orissa, the voting on the floor of the house was not properly conducted and was not even recorded. The governor has also submitted his report to this effect,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters.

“The BJP has demanded immediate imposition of president’s rule in Orissa but the UPA government turned a deaf ear to the demand and allowed the Naveen Patnaik government to continue in office. This is clear violation of the spirit of the constitution,” Javadekar said.

However, he said, the UPA imposed president’s rule Wednesday in Meghalaya even though the Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) government narrowly survived a trust motion after the speaker’s casting vote.

Alleging that the UPA government was using imposition of president’s rule on a selective basis as part of a political gameplan, Javadekar said: “This is nothing but subversion of democracy. The UPA has done this time and again to subvert democratic institutions in its five years of misrule.”

The party has demanded president’s rule in Orissa and restoration of the government in Meghalaya.

Earlier in the day, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader P.A. Sangma met senior BJP leader L.K. Advani to “seek his help” and brief him about the situation in Meghalaya.

Sangma has been enraged by the central government’s decision Wednesday to impose president’s rule in Meghalaya. The NCP, which headed the state’s Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) government, is a key constituent of the UPA.