U’khand crisis: BJP playing ‘naked power game’, says Congress

New Delhi : Continuing its tirade against the Centre over the Uttarakhand crisis, the Congress on Sunday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is playing a naked power game over government formation in the state.

“It is against the spirit of the Anti-Defection Bill and the Constitution. If a ruling party like the BJP plays such a naked power game, where will democracy go? It is shameful what is happening in Uttarakhand. The entire country must condemn what the BJP-led by Narendra Modi ji and Amit Shah are doing there,” Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit told ANI.

“The majority has to be proved on the floor of the House. The Arunachal Governor actually played like a politician himself. But in this case, the unfortunate part is that the BJP is using all tactics-including money and power to lure away the duly elected Congress MLAs,” he added.

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

Rawat, who had earlier said that he would tender his resignation if he was not able to prove majority, would be meeting the top Congress leadership in New Delhi today to apprise them about the current political crisis.

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

A three-member BJP delegation also met the Uttarakhand Governor and demanded the dismissal of the Harish Rawat-led Government while stating that it was in a minority.

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