Congress upbeat, Rahul attacks Modi after Uttarakhand verdict

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 22, 2016 01:05 IST
Uttarakhand high court. (Twitter)

Four days before the second budget session of Parliament starts, the Congress got a shot in the arm after the Uttarakhand high court struck down the President’s rule in the state.

The party’s central leadership has asked dismissed Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat to get his House in order to win the trust vote, according to party sources.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi led the attack against the NDA government that had recommended the dismissal of the Congress government in the state.

“Modi govt’s blatant power grab fails. Democracy wins,” Gandhi said in a tweet. “Modiji while you attack the Constitution, destroy institutions & undermine Democracy pl remember ppl of Uttarakhand & entire country are watching (sic),” another tweet from Gandhi said.

While the Centre will challenge Thursday’s verdict in the Supreme Court, an upbeat Congress demanded an “unconditional apology” from the PM and Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah.

“This is also a slap on the face of those in BJP who sought to dislodge an elected government, elected with the mandate of people in Uttarakhand,” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

The party is set to rock the second budget session, which starts from April 25, over issues including the dismissal of its government in Uttarakhand. “Our stand in vindicated. We will unite other Opposition parties against the BJP on the issue of assault on democracy and federalism,” said a senior Congress leader.

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