Deposed chief minister Harish Rawat said on Thursday that the Uttarakhand high court’s decision to set aside President’s Rule in the state and reviving the Congress government headed by him is the victory of the people.
“We welcome the verdict. The whole country knows who was behind the political instability in the state,” Rawat told reporters in Dehradun.
“I still say that we are ready to forget this chapter and I appeal to Centre to support us in our development,” he added.
“In the end, truth wins. We respect the verdict of the high court,” he had tweeted after the HC gave its verdict.
The Congress leader also thanked all the party legislators who stood by him during the political crisis.
The HC quashed President’s Rule in the state and has ordered floor test in the assembly on April 29. A division bench of the high court headed by chief Justice KM Joseph said the imposition of the President’s rule was contrary to the law laid down by the Supreme Court.
The court also said it would be a travesty of justice if the Centre revokes President’s Rule and allows someone else to form a government in the state.
Reacting to the court order, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the Rawat government is in minority and this will be proved on April 29.
BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya met with party spokespersons at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi after the HC’s verdict. Vijayvargiya was quoted by ANI as saying that he is “not surprised” by the order.
“We will review the court’s order. A question does arise that how the HC gave relief to a CM who was clearly seen in a sting operation,” Vijayvargiya said.
The political crisis erupted on March 18 when nine Congress MLAs backed by the BJP demanded a division of votes during the discussion on the appropriation bill.
The governor asked Rawat to prove majority on the floor of the assembly on March 28. However, a day before the vote, the nine MLAs were disqualified from the assembly under the anti-defection law.
A day before the scheduled trust vote, the Centre imposed President’s Rule in the state citing a “constitutional breakdown”.
April 21: Action Day
2:00 pmHC revokes President’s rule after Centre fails to commit that it will not revoke its rule for a week
3:00 pmBJP leaders Satpal Maharaj and Bhagat Singh Koshiyari rush back to Dehradun to take stock of the meeting
5:50 pmChief minister Harish Rawat meets governor K K Paul and calls a cabinet meeting to review decisions taken during 25 days of the President’s rule
6:00 pmBJP top brass including finance minister Arun Jaitley and home minister Rajnath Singh meets at party president Amit Shah’s house
7:30 pmAttorney general Mukul Rohatgi says that the Centre will challenge the HC order in the Supreme Court
(With PTI and ANI inputs)