Calling it a “constitutional necessity”, the NDA-led Lok Sabha passed the Uttarakhand Budget Bill on the eve of the floor test. Finance minister ArunJaitley said the government has moved with “abundant caution” on the issue. The bill seeks central aid for four months in this fiscal. The Congress staged a walkout before the bill was put to vote.

ArunJaitley moved the Uttarakhand Finance Bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday. He said the passage of the bill will not have any bearing on the floor test.The state government, formed by the Congress of under President’s Rule, will be free to draft a new budget, he added.

Jaitley said President’s Rule was imposed in Uttarakhand due to the “constitutional crisis” in the state. He claimed the Centre has taken appropriate action by allowing the state to withdraw money from the consolidated fund of the state, as otherwise it would lead to a crisis.

Congress members protested the passing of the bill in the lower house. But as the NDA has majority in the house, they staged a walkout ahead of the vote.Trinamool Congress and the Biju Janata Dal questioned the government’s move to pace the bill a day before the floor test.

The floor test was conducted today. The results have been sent to the Supreme Court in a sealed envelope. The results will be declared tomorrow. For two hours, during the floor test, President’s Rule was lifted in Uttarakhand. However, it is reinstated, and will remain unless the Congress proves majority in the assembly.

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