In an interview, the Minister for Industry & Commerce, Sitharaman Nirmala said that the decision that the president took was a political one.
The Modi government’s biggest challenge as at the moment is the constitutional crisis that is experienced in Arunachal Pradesh. The opposition has vocally attacked the BJP on how it is handling the matter.
The government, on the other hand, has not relaxed in defending the decision made by the president. In an interview in the To the Point Show, Sitharaman said that the governor provided some input that the government used to act.
She said that was keen in making the decision and thus had to involve the governor. Nirmala also acknowledged that the Supreme Court will play some role in it. As at the moment, the government will not decide whether it is wrong or right. She said the call was political.
She was also questioned on the role the Supreme Court in the matter. What if the court decides that imposing the president’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh was wrong? To this question, she replied that they are aware of what such steps may imply.
But what justifies PM Modi action in Arunachal Pradesh on the 26th of Jan? Isn’t this against his promise of cooperative federalism?
The Minister had answers to the question as well. She insisted that the government is run on federalism and that it took into account the matter (impose President’s rule). She was sure that the government took into consideration the facts that the governor had presented.
It should be remembered that earlier on, Shatrughan attacked the BJP over the same matter. The rebel BJP leader was seen to attack his own party after imposing President Rule.
In a series of tweets from his Tweeter Account on 30th, the high ranking BJP leader said that he had faith in the President. He further went on to question the presidential advisors and their credibility.
In one of the tweets, he says that he is in doubt of what made the government to be in hurry, now that the matter is under a constitutional bench of 5 judges.
She seemed worried that when the decision goes against them, where will the respect for PM Modi come from?
Nirmala on economic difficulties
The Commerce Minister said that the manner of calculating the GDP has some issues and that reviewing it will not cause any harm. Her answer was a response to a question on whether there is a reliable and accurate technique of estimating the country’s GDP growth.
She also seemed optimistic that the government will be able to achieve the economic growth that the government has set for itself.
On the issue of Rohith Vemula suicide, in which the Foreign Minister Swaraj had said that Rohith was not a Dalit, the Commerce Minister had comments for it. She said that putting in mind that the matter is a serious one, there is need to be very sensitive when dealing with the matter.