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Uttarakhand crisis: BJP denies Shah-Modi link to President’s rule

Uttarakhand crisis Updated: Mar 29, 2016 16:09 IST
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BJP state president Ajay Bhatt (2L), BJP MP Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and MP from Haridwar Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank at BJP office in Dehradun on Monday.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on Monday former chief minister Harish Rawat’s allegation that its chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi hatched a conspiracy to impose President’s rule in the state was a canard aimed at misguiding the people.

State BJP president Ajay Bhatt said the infighting within the Congress led to the fall of the Rawat government on the floor of House and the BJP had no role in that.

“It (government) collapsed as the finance bill fell through after nine Congress legislators supported our demand for a conscience vote on the proposed law,” he said.

Bhatt denied the allegations that the nine Congress rebels joined hands with the BJP at the behest of party’s central leadership.

“Those nine (Congress) legislators supported us because they were unhappy with their chief minister’s (Rawat) dictatorial style of functioning,” Bhatt said.

The BJP leader said Rawat should have resigned from the post of chief minister the moment the finance bill’s unsuccessful passage led to his government’s collapse.

“He, instead, continued to stick to his chair in brazen violation of the constitutional norms and traditions,” the BJP leader alleged.

Bhatt thanked President Pranab Mukherjee for imposing President’s rule, saying the step rid the people of the ‘jungle raj’ presided over by Rawat.

He said the BJP top brass will decide whether the party will form its government.

“If we get a green signal from our leadership we will form the next government,” Bhatt said.

He, however, said if the BJP chooses to form its government, it will order a probe into all the allegations of the party against the Rawat government including those relating to horse trading.

Referring to the sting CD in which former Rawat was caught allegedly brokering a deal worth crores of rupees to buy back the nine Congress MLAs, he said the video was not fake as is being alleged by him (Rawat).

“A forensic examination of the CD has proved that it was not fake,” Bhatt said, adding the President decided to impose the Central Rule on the state after taking into consideration all aspects.