For Congress Article 356 is a piece of ‘ headless chicken ‘!!

via H Balakrishnan published on October 5, 2008

” Centre waves Art. 356 at Orissa ” – News Report




For the Centre, the dismissal of a popularly-elected, two-term Chief Minister is not an easy option. It maybe recalled that there was still a Congress Government in Bhubaneswar when the Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons were burnt to death in an inaccessible corner of Mayurbhanj district in Orissa on January 22, 1999.


The Vajpayee Government, which was then in power at the Centre, sent its most senior Christian minister George Fernandes to the scene of the crime and to reassure local Christians. The stress was on confidence -building measures, not political recriminations. That was because both the Centre and the State Government knew the murder of Staines flowed from local tensions centred on competitive religiosity. However, the Congress has a hoary legacy of resorting to Art. 356 ‘at the drop of the hat ‘!! 


If it could impose Emergency, Article 356 is a piece of ‘ headless chicken ‘!!



Be that as it may, it is best to quote well known journalist Swapan Dasgupta’s view on the subject :


” If the Government imposes President’s Rule in Orissa, Naveen Patnaik won’t even have to campaign for a third term.”



I pray and hope that the Congress, in its native wisdom ,  ‘ Waves Article 356 at both Orissa and Karnataka ‘ !!





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