BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya is shuttling between Delhi and Dehradun, overseeing his campaign against deposed chief minister Harish Rawat. A day ahead of the trust vote in the hill state, he told Kumar Uttam that Congress MLAs will revolt against Rawat on the floor of the house. Excerpts:
The Supreme Court has barred nine rebel Congress MLAs from participating in the trust vote. Has this come as a setback to you?
We had the support of 27 MLAs on March 18 when the Appropriation Bill was defeated on the floor of the House. We continue to have the support of these many legislators even today. We never counted on the support of these MLAs. We expected this order.
So what makes you so confident about Rawat losing Tuesday’s trust vote?
The present crisis that he is facing is not because of the BJP. It were Congress MLAs who revolted against him on March 18. Rawat has badly treated his legislators when in power. They feel suffocated under him. They will revolt against him on the floor of the house when trust vote is moved. Rawat will lose because of reasons created by him. We have nothing to do.
Is BJP engineering defection in the Congress?
Why should we? The Congress is falling like pack of cards. While mafia surrounded Rawat during his chief minister days, MLAs were treated like peons. The administration and police were scared of mafia close to Rawat but not the legislators. Congress MLAs have self respect that Rawat did not take care of. They will seek revenge. Rawat is caught on tapes, twice, offering bribe. This exposes his insecurity. Even those Congress MLAs, whom he tried to bribe, spilled the beans.
Is the BJP expecting BSP’s support in defeating Rawat?
It is a decision that they have to take. We cannot dictate. But one thing I am sure of is that Rawat will be defeated on Tuesday.
There are rumours that BJP MLAs will resign en mass if Rawat wins. Is there any truth in it?
(Laughs) It is a figment of imagination.
Will the BJP form government in case Rawat fails to win trust vote?
It will be early to comment on that. Tomorrow, trust vote is to decide if Rawat has numbers. He didn’t have it on March 18. He doesn’t have it today. He will not have it tomorrow. We will take a call on government formation after defeating him.