A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) raised the Gairsain issue in the winter session of the state assembly on Tuesday, the Congress-led state government lambasted the opposition party for trying to “project itself as the bigger sympathiser” of Gairsain.
The two-day session at Gairsain was adjourned sine die amid chaos on Tuesday after the BJP raised the permanent capital issue and insisted on a discussion.
Chief minister Harish Rawat said the BJP was quiet for 15 years and suddenly it was showing its concern. “Unlike the BJP, for us Gairsain is not a political issue. We are slowly making consensus on the issue (Gairsain) and BJP wants to puncture it midway,” Rawat said.
He said the government was creating infrastructure in the non-descript town of Chamoli district. A water reservoir is coming up there to deal with water crisis, the CM said.
However, the BJP questioned Rawat and asked why the government was not declaring Gairsain as the capital.
Leader of opposition Ajay Bhatt said the Congress government was blaming (the BJP) to hide its failures. “To stop us from speaking inside, many Congress workers entered inside the House and tried to thrash us,” Bhatt said.
A delegation of the BJP party also called on governor KK Paul on Wednesday and complained about the Congress government.
The delegation, led by party president Tirath Singh Rawat, lodged its protest and demanded action against ruling party workers.
The CM, however, said no party workers entered the House and if anyone did, “I apologize for it”. “I am ready to review the video recording of House proceedings. I will not hesitate from taking action,” he said.
Congress workers protest
Congress party members in Dehradun and other parts of the state protested against the BJP, condemning the party’s behaviour during the session.
Congress workers shouted slogans against the BJP alleging that its legislators misbehaved with the speaker inside the House.
Led by Dehradun city Congress president Prithviraj Chauhan, the party workers charged that BJP MLAs manhandled the ruling party workers outside the House.
“Their action was deplorable in every term and action must be taken against them for misbehaving with the speaker. We demand from the speaker to expel the BJP MLAs for their violence and misconduct inside the House,” said Chauhan.
(Inputs from Prithviraj Singh)