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Ramdev’s hand in political crisis in Uttarakhand, says Congress

Uttarakhand crisis Updated: Mar 27, 2016 22:38 IST
Prithviraj Singh
Prithviraj Singh
Hindustan Times
Uttarakhand political crisis

Uttarakhand Congress president Kishore Upadhyay said he had enough evidence to show Ramdev was in touch with nine Congress MLAs who revolted against the party.(Parveen Kumar/HT File Photo)

The Uttarakhand Congress on Wednesday alleged yoga guru Ramdev was behind the ongoing political crisis in state. Party president Kishore Upadhyay blamed Ramdev for defections in the ruling party’s legislative wing.

Chief minister Harish Rawat’s government in Uttarakhand is in trouble, not just over rebels MLAs who want to join hands with BJP, but also over the expulsion of former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna’s son Saket Bahuguna and party joint secretary Anil Gupta for six years, for anti-party activities.

On Monday evening, BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya and his party colleagues marched from Vijay Chowk to Rashtrapati Bhavan to meet President Pranab Mukherjee and request him to dismiss the Rawat government and also give the BJP time to prove their majority.

Read: Uttarakhand crisis: Cong expels ex-CM Bahuguna’s son for rebellion

The state Congress president said he had enough evidence to show Ramdev was in touch with the nine Congress MLAs much before March 18, when they rebelled against the party.

“Ramdev was in touch with the Congress rebels and one of the key hands in hatching rebellion conspiracy in the ruling party. He worked like a BJP agent with other sadhus to bring down Congress govern,” Upadhyay said.

He added that the yoga guru was instrumental in persuading the party MLAs from Haridwar.

The Congress leader also expressed anger against a section of the media.

“Not only Ramdev but media persons also were involved in the conspiracy against the state government. The names will be out subsequently” said Upadhyay.

Read: Speaker of Uttarakhand Assembly is acting like CM’s agent: BJP

Expressing confidence that Harish Rawat’s Government would be able to steer through the crisis, Upadhya stressed that rebels would not be able to harm the chief minister since he had numbers on his side.

Upadhyay attacked Vijay Bahuguna and questioned the former CM’s integrity. “He led the defection despite having himself stated that everything thing was fine and agreed to all the decisions taken in the last meeting of the state coordination committee in Delhi,” he said.

“Central leadership and CM had assured to redress all his grievances in the coordination committee meeting assured Bahguna his concerns would be taken care of immediately after the budget session but he did not honour his own words for the reasons best known to him” he added.

Balkrishna, Ramdev’s second-in-command and SK Tejariwala, spokesperson for Ramdev, were unavailable for comments.