U’khand crisis: Rawat urges guv not to scrap his govt’s decisions

  • HT Corrrespondent, Hindustan Times, Dehradun
  • Updated: Apr 06, 2016 14:41 IST
Former chief minister Harish Rawat addresses a press conference in Dehradun on Tuesday. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)

Chief minister Harish Rawat urged governor KK Paul on Tuesday not to withdraw his government’s decisions taken before imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand.

“These decisions were taken by the cabinet of an elected government. It is, therefore, the governor’s moral and constitutional duty to implement the decisions,” he told reporters here.

Allocations had been made in the 2016-17 budget for the decisions, he said, hoping that funds would be disbursed for the plans. “A huge portion of the annual budget of the last fiscal couldn’t be spent because of the dirty tricks played by the Centre by imposing the President’s rule in the state,” he said.

Nine Congress MLAs backed by the BJP demanded a division of votes during a discussion on the appropriation bill on March 18, triggering a political crisis in Uttarakhand. The governor asked Rawat to prove majority in the assembly on March 28. A day before the trust vote, the Centre imposed President’s Rule.

Rawat accused the Centre of posting Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel outside the houses of nine Congress rebel MLAs in Dehradun after BJP leaders took them to Delhi.

“What were the CISF men guarding their houses for? Was there treasure hidden inside them? Or had some precious stones, valuable ancient scripts or idols been kept there?” Rawat asked.

“The CISF was mandated to guard industrial establishments…Why were they deployed for guarding the houses of the nine legislators and that too in their absence?”

Rawat alleged that “some BJP sharp shooters with money bags” came to Dehradun in four Honda City cars. Asked to elaborate on the term ‘sharp shooters’, Rawat said, “BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya described himself as a sharp shooter while addressing a meeting of the BJP workers in a city hotel.”

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