Congress dubs U’kand Speaker’s notice violation of Anti-Defection Law

New Delhi/Dehradun : The Congress Party on Sunday expressed anger after Uttarakhand Assembly Speaker G.S Kunjwal issuing show-cause notices to the nine rebel Congress legislators, and said that it was a direct violation of the Anti-Defection Law.

“The intolerance is at its peak. Everyday new tactics are being used. The constitutional facts are being violated in Uttarakhand. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants to snatch the power anyhow in the state,” Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi told the reporters.

“There cannot be more serious and direct violation of the Anti-Defection law. To install an anti-constitutional government, falsehood is being spread by the BJP,” he added.

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was murdering democracy by targeting the opposition party-ruled state governments one after another.

“The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to destabilise state governments using the Centre’s power. They are murdering democracy. Though they talk about cooperative federalism, the BJP is targeting the opposition party-ruled state governments one by one, which is encounter of a sort,” said Rawat.

“They first broke the leg of a horse. And now, they are trying to break the leg of Uttarakhand through horse trading,” he added.

“Now, the battle has become the fight of the people of Uttarakhand and I am just the medium. We have to see whether the destiny of the state will be decided by defection or development, where there will be talks over growth of villages, weaker section, women and the youth,” he said.

“It’s a scheme against the Congress here, and I will do every possible thing to protect the state,” he added.

The rebel Congress MLAs will go to the Raj Bhawan in Uttarakhand later today against the speaker’s notice to them.

Uttarakhand Governor Dr. Krishna Kant Paul yesterday wrote to Rawat, asking him to prove majority in the House by March 28.

The Congress Government in Uttarakhand is presently in crisis as nine party MLAs, including a minister, joined hands with the BJP on Friday night.

The BJP staked claim to form the government with the support of the rebel Congress MLAs. (ANI)