BJP for President’s rule in U’khand, demands Harish Rawat’s resignation

New Delhi : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kailash Vijayvargiya on Saturday said that he was not at all surprised by the sting video of Chief Minister Harish Rawat that allegedly shows him indulging in horse-trading and demanded his resignation with immediate effect.

“We are not surprised by this. It is their (Congress) character. We have said this to the Governor also that if you will give so much time then there will be horse-trading. He (Harish Rawat) not only tried to buy our party MLAs but also tried to buy his own,” Vijayvargiya told ANI here.

“It’s their internal fight. We have no role in making any video or in this sting. We will meet the President today in this regard. Now, the truth is in front of everyone. Thus, we demand that the CM be ousted and President’s rule be imposed,” he added.

Rubbishing the allegations of ‘horse trading’ levelled against him by rebel Congress MLA Harak Singh Rawat, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat had earlier said that the CD presented was totally fake, adding that efforts were being made to tarnish the image of the Congress-led state government.

He also said that the nine MLAs had turned rebel in lure of power.

Earlier today, Harak Singh Rawat presented a CD, alleging that efforts were being made purchase the BJP MLAs, including the nine rebel Congress MLAs.

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

He also said that they have expressed their security concerns to the Centre as they are getting threats.

However, the authenticity of the CD has still not been proved.

Earlier, the Uttarakhand High Court dismissed the petition filed by the rebel Congress MLAs challenging the notice issued to them by Assembly speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal.

Nine rebel MLAs had earlier on Friday filed a petition in the High Court challenging the showcause notice issued to them by the speaker.

Uttarakhand Governor Dr. Krishna Kant Paul has directed the state assembly speaker that house proceedings during the floor test on March 28 will be recorded.

Paul had on March 19 written to Chief Minister Rawat to prove majority in the House by March 28. (ANI)