BJP demands President’s rule in Uttarakhand

New Delhi: TheBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday demanded President’s Rule in Uttarakhand, saying Chief Minister Harish Rawat has no right to continue after a sting operation purportedly showed him bargaining with rebel party MLAs to win their support ahead of floor test on March 28.

“We have requested the President to impose President’s Rule in the state. The Chief Minister and his government do not have the right to be in the majority. After today’s sting operation, it became clear that there is no need for opinion and majority. They are trying to convert minority into majority. This is a very corrupt practice going on in Uttarakhand. We have told this to the President. The President has said that he would take necessary step in the matter,” Party General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya told the media here.

“Today’s incident in which the rebel Congress MLAs conducted a sting operation on Uttarakhand Chief Minister has caused a constitutional crisis in the state. It has been proved that the government there is in minority. If the government would have been in majority, there would not have been horse-trading,” he added.

A BJP delegation met President Pranab Mukherjee, earlier today, and expressed apprehension that the Congress Government may try to abuse the Speaker’s office to disqualify rebel MLAs to win the floor test.

Earlier, Rebel Congress MLA Harak Singh Rawat made serious allegations against Harish Rawat, saying the nine legislators, who have joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been lured by the present state government.

Harak Singh, through a sting, has also claimed that Rawat threatened the MLAs.

The Congress has told all of its MLAs that any indiscipline will not be tolerated at any cost and strict action will be taken against the violators.

Rawat had earlier this week accused the NDA Government of attempting to destabilise his government while rejecting the BJP’s allegations of corruption in his state. (ANI)