People in Uttarakhand’s capital woke up on Saturday to posters saying “BJP needs three MLAs on sale” with a caricature suggesting the nine Congress rebel legislators were puppets whose strings were being pulled by BJP president Amit Shah.
The posters, which were removed later in the day, prompted the Bharatiya Janata Party to file an FIR against deposed chief minister Harish Rawat and state Congress president Kishor Upadhyay.
Uttarakhand has been in a political limbo since a series of developments that began with the 9 MLAs rebelling against then CM Rawat culminated into a President’s Rule.
Rawat on Saturday hit back at the BJP-led NDA government accusing it of conspiring to arrest.
“The way officials are being repeatedly asked to look for some evidence of wrongdoing under my government shows they are out to put me in jail”, he said. The recently deposed CM said he is ready to go to jail provided the policy decisions taken by his democratically elected government are not changed.
“An FIR was filed by the Dehradun city BJP president Umesh Aggarwal at Dhara Police post against Harish Rawat, Congress president Kishore Upadhyay and four others. It was a cowardly act by them when Congress leaders have lost the moral courage to face the BJP and its charges on corruption after being exposed in a sting CD”, BJP spokesperson Munna Singh Chauhan told HT.