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Uttarakhand crisis: Rawat accuses BJP of threatening Congress MLAs

Uttarakhand crisis Updated: Apr 23, 2016 22:52 IST
Harish Rawat

Deposed Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat(PTI Photo)

Ousted Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat on Saturday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of threatening Congress MLAs and urged the governor to provide security to them.

The BJP hit back at the Congress leader, demanding legal action against him for his “unconstitutional” step of taking charge as the CM without a written order from the high court.

“BJP leaders are building an atmosphere of animosity and bitterness in the state. They are even issuing threats to Congress and PDF MLAs. I have urged the governor to make security arrangements for them,” Rawat said.

The six-member Progressive Democratic Front (PDF), a combination of the Bahujan Samaj Party, Uttarakhand Kranti Dal and Independent MLAs, was a part of the Rawat government and has stood by him in the political crisis in the state.

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Countering the BJP leaders’ claim that they have the required numbers to form a government in the state, Rawat said MLAs supporting them should come out openly. “They should openly state whether they are poaching MLAs or engineering another defection in Congress with money power,” Rawat said.

The BJP, however, attacked Rawat for “hurriedly” taking charge as the CM and convening two cabinet meetings to take policy decisions even before a written order of the Uttarakhand high court that quashed President’s Rule in the state could reach the Centre and the governor.

A BJP delegation led by its state unit president Ajay Bhatt met governor KK Paul and demanded appropriate legal action against Rawat, saying his actions were “unconstitutional”.

All decisions taken by Rawat during his one-day tenure stand null and void after the Supreme Court stayed the HC ruling till April 27, an official said. As many as 18 decisions were taken during these high-level meetings and the bureaucrats were asked to implement them on priority.

The decisions included making some ad hoc teachers permanent and regularisation of some other staff.

With the re-imposition of President’s Rule, after the stay order from the apex court, the decision of the high court to re-install Rawat as chief minister has become null and void and so have all the decisions taken by him during the one day he held office, the official told IANS.