BJP threatening MLAs, says Rawat

Updated - November 17, 2021 04:14 am IST

Published - April 24, 2016 02:07 am IST - Dehradun:

Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Saturday accused the BJP of threatening Congress and PDF MLAs and urged the Governor to provide security to them while the BJP lashed out at the Congress leader, demanding legal action against him for his “unconstitutional” step of taking charge as CM without a written order from the High Court.

The six-member Progressive Democratic Front (PDF), a combination of BSP, UKD and Independent MLAs, was part of the Rawat government and has stood by him during the current political crisis.

Countering BJP leaders’ claims that they had the numbers for government formation, Mr. Rawat said MLAs supporting them should come out openly.

BJP slams Congress The BJP, however, attacked Mr. Rawat for “hurriedly” taking charge as CM and convening two Cabinet meetings to take policy decisions even before a written order of the Uttarakhand High Court quashing President’s Rule in the State could reach the Centre and the Governor.

Meets Governor

A BJP delegation led by its State unit president Ajay Bhatt met Governor K.K. Paul and demanded appropriate legal action against Mr. Rawat, claiming his actions were “unconstitutional.”

The delegation also demanded annulment of policy decisions taken by Mr. Rawat after his brief “reinstatement” as Chief Minister which came to an end with the Supreme Court putting a stay on the High Court’s verdict.

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