Congress leader Harish Rawat, whose reinstatement as Uttarakhand chief minister was ordered by the high court but stayed by the Supreme Court on Friday, said he respected the apex court ruling which has also stalled attempts to form a government through the “back door”.
“This decision will control the attempts to get a majority through back door and form a government that has no moral right to be there,” Rawat said in a reference to the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party.
Here is what other political leaders had to say about the political crisis in Uttarakhand:
“By taking charge suo motu as chief minister, Rawat has created a constitutional crisis.” BJP spokesperson Munna Singh Chauhan
“Harish Rawat took the CM office on Friday without permission of the governor.” – BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya
“It is a good judgment; quite hopeful that the view of the HC won’t find favour with the SC.” – Congress rebel MLA Vijay Bahuguna
“We have never had anything to do with the Uttarakhand crisis. They are doing their work and we are doing our work.” --- Ramdev
“We feel there was no other way than (use of Article) 356 (of the Constitution). The assembly was not dissolved. Because there was a constitutional breakdown, temporarily President’s rule was imposed and anytime the assembly can be revived.” Union minister and BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu