The Uttarakhand Vidhan Sabha witnessed uproarious scenes on Monday with the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seeking to introduce a no-confidence motion against the Harish Rawat government that was allegedly facing a near revolt by Ministers sore at the inordinate delay in allocating portfolios.
The pandemonium, however, settled down after Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal admitted the no-confidence motion for discussion on Tuesday.
The ruling Congress, ruling coalition partner Progressive Democratic Front (PDF) and the BJP have issued whips asking all party MLAs to be present in the House on Tuesday.
Leader of the Opposition Ajay Bhatt said the offer of senior Minister Harak Singh Rawat to resign if portfolios were not allocated immediately and similar sentiments by several other Ministers showed that Mr. Harish Rawat did not enjoy the confidence of his Ministers or MLAs.“That the Congress is least bothered about the people was evident as all development activity was at a standstill for nearly six months due to rumours that the then Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna was being removed. The state of hibernation continues even after Mr. Harish Rawat was made the Chief Minister about 15 days ago as has not been able to allot the portfolios to his Cabinet colleagues,” Mr. Bhatt said, adding that several ruling Congress MLAs were already talking of another change in the leadership.
Most of the Ministers, including those from the PDF, were sulking at the delay in allocating portfolios.
Mr. Harish Rawat said all government activity was going on smoothly and he would reply to the BJP’s queries on Tuesday.
Mr. Bahuguna and Satpal Maharaj MP from Pauri have publicly asked Mr. Harish Rawat to immediately allocate the portfolios so that development activity does not suffer.