On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a warning note to the DMK-led Tamil Nadu government that if the government did not obey the apex court’s order regarding the band called by DMK in Tamil Nadu, the court would not dither to issue a directive to the Union government to impose President’s rule in the state.
The Supreme Court Bench headed by acting Chief Justice B N Aggarwal and Justice P Sathasivam said:
If there is no compliance with our order, it is complete breakdown of constitutional machinery. We will then have to direct the government to impose President’s rule.
The SC bench reacted strongly when the counsel appearing for AIADMK informed the court that the government was not complying with the order issued by the Supreme Court on Sunday. He told the bench that state-run buses have planned not to go on road in Tamil Nadu.
The SC bench said:
Is this a government. Is this the Tamil Nadu government? Is this the DMK government, a strong ally of UPA government? If this is attitude of the DMK government, the UPA government should not feel shy of dismissing it and imposing President rule.
Earlier on Sunday, the Supreme Court had issued an extraordinary decision and stayed the bandh called by the ruling DMK front in Tamil Nadu on the issue of Sethusamudram project. The SC bench had asked the state government not to organize bandh in state.
When the apex court called the bandh in Tamil Nadu as illegal, Karunanidhi had called for a statewide, voluntary hunger strike. The state trade union also went on strike and hit the normal life in Chennai.
Now, the DMK-led government in Tamil Nadu could be in problem if it would decide to go ahead with its scheduled agitation on the Sethusamudram project despite the Supreme Court’s objections.