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Single party rule worse than Emergency, dictatorship: Sena

The Shiv Sena’s cold war against the BJP continued on Wednesday with yet another editorial in its mouthpiece Saamna, this time questioning the sanctity of the BJP’s move in dismissing the Uttarakhand government and imposing President’s Rule a day before the floor test, and claimed high moral ground for preventing an Uttarakhand-like political crisis in Maharashtra by supporting the Devendra Fadnavis government.

“The Uttarakhand government may have lost its ‘majority’, but that decision should have been taken in the State legislature. The Uttarakhand Governor had given Chief Minister (Harish) Rawat time till March 28 to prove his majority on the floor of the House, but what was achieved by imposing President’s Rule a day before the floor test?” the editorial questioned.

Titled Lokshahicha Mrityu Ki Hatya? (‘Is this Democracy’s death or murder?’), the editorial said: “The test for majority was scheduled on March 28, and the Constitution gives this right to a democratically elected government. But a sting video emerged accusing the CM of indulging in horse trading, questioning his morality, and the democratically elected government was strangled to death.”

Drawing parallels between the dismissal of Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the editorial said the political grapevine says Congress governments in Himachal Pradesh and Manipur will be the next targets. “Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is on the Centre’s “radar”,” the editorial said. “He did not allow the India-Pakistan match to be played at Dharmasala, and a disproportionate assets case is pending against Virbhadra. So, it will not be surprising if the Uttarakhand example is repeated in Himachal.”

The Saamana piece also drew similarities between what Congress government did in the 1980s, and present the BJP government. “We are also opposed to Congress ideology and corrupt working style,” Sena’s mouthpiece said, “but a government which is elected by people should also go democratically. In the 1980s, Congress used the Centre’s powers to topple Opposition-ruled State governments, and then the BJP was criticising the dictatorial ways of the Congress. But, if BJP adopts Congress ways in this, anarchy and instability will set in within no time.”

If the Shiv Sena had not supported the BJP-led government in Maharashtra, the party felt, the BJP would have been forced to indulge in wooing 20 to 25 MLAs to get numbers to form the government.

“Shiv Sena did not allow this kind of horse-trading in Maharashtra’s interest. Maharashtra’s current political dispensation is a result of a compulsion. Shiv Sena is with the Maharashtra government to prevent political instability and anarchy. There is no question morality or immorality, but an arrangement of political convenience,” the editorial said making no bones about the fact that Shiv Sena is unhappy with the treatment by its ally.

The editorial warned that a single party rule could be disastrous for Indian democracy. “In a democracy, there is more importance to the Opposition’s views. A single party rule will be worse than Emergency and dictatorship. Attempts to finish the Opposition, and poison friends will be disruptive,” it said.

Editorial says Cong governments in Himachal Pradesh and Manipur will be the next targets

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