U’khand turmoil: Harish Rawat calls Congress legislators’ meeting in Dehradun

Dehradun (Uttarakhand): Amid political turmoil in Uttarakhand, which led to President’s Rule being imposed in the state, former chief minister Harish Rawat called for a meeting of state’s Congress legislators here on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Congress party is all set to challenge the imposition of President’s rule in the court.

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, stating that they would approach the court, accused the BJP of hatching a conspiracy against Congress ruled states.

Uttarakhand Speaker, Govind Singh Kunjwal, on Sunday disqualified nine Congress legislators, who had rebelled against the former chief minister Harish Rawat-led government in the state.

The decision to disqualify the nine legislators would reduce the effective strength of the 70-member assembly to 61.

After almost seven days of verbal battle between the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the political crisis in Uttarakhand, President’s rule was imposed in the hill state on Sunday.

The recommendation for central rule was made by the Union Cabinet at its emergency meeting last night, which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Congress had dubbed the cabinet meeting as the last phase of the drama scripted by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). (ANI)