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BJP resorted to Prez rule to avoid polls: Harish Rawat

Uttarakhand crisis Updated: Apr 08, 2016 15:57 IST
Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi
Hindustan Times
Harish Rawat

Rawat accused BJP chief Amit Shah and PM Modi of being “directly responsible” for unseating his government.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT photo)

Former chief minister Harish Rawat referred to the Bharatiya Janata Party as “weak” and “lacking courage”, accusing it of getting the President’s rule imposed in Uttarakhand to avoid going to polls.

He alleged that getting the President’s rule imposed in the state was the BJP’s ploy to “manufacture its majority” by “buying time and the legislators” of the Congress and its ally, the Progressive Democratic Front (PDF). Rawat said the BJP’s attempt to try defection within the Congress is not a battle between two parties or a battle between “us and the nine rebel legislators.”

“My government is not the first to go, thanks to this game of ‘aya ram, gaya ram.’ It won’t be the last either,” he said.

“Such a big game played by that party (BJP) cannot be possible without its bigwigs,” Rawat said, accusing BJP chief Amit Shah and prime minister Narendra Modi of being “directly responsible for unseating my elected government, which was clearly a murder of democracy”.

Rawat, however, claimed he is ready to face the people if the assembly elections are announced. “I shall marshal all my resources and leave no stone unturned to steer the Congress back to power,” Rawat said. “I will be the happiest person if I die while trying to realise my mission,” he said in a recent interview with HT.