Former chief minister Harish Rawat on Monday accused the BJP of trying to stop his padyatras by getting IPC Section 144, which does not permit public gatherings, clamped in the state.
“After getting a democratically elected government replaced the BJP is preventing me from going to the people by misusing the law,” Rawat said during a press conference. “It (section 144) has also been clamped at Budhani, a remote village from where our party (Congress) had planned to initiate its ‘save democracy’ march,” he said. “Section 144 has been imposed in all places where we were to carry out our campaign.”
“The cadres of that party (BJP) are also pelting me and our party men with stones and showing us black flags during our padyatras”, he further said.
The former CM also accused the Central government of “subverting constitutional agencies” after replacing his government with the President’s rule, alleging that the BJP’s leaders were “luring” Congress MLAs with money. “They (BJP central leaders) are playing this dangerous game of horse-trading in a state that is known as Dev Bhumi (land of gods),” he said.