Dissidents determined to dislodge Rawat

After challenging Mr. Rawat’s government last Saturday, the rebel Congress leaders arrived in Delhi on Monday

Updated - November 17, 2021 04:50 am IST

Published - March 24, 2016 01:39 am IST - NEW DELHI:

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat.

Dissident Congress MLAs of Uttarakhand, who attempted to topple the State government last week, have discreetly moved to Jaipur to celebrate Holi with their BJP counterparts.

Though Chief Minister Harish Rawat claims to have regained the confidence of three disgruntled MLAs, exuding confidence that his government would survive after the floor-test on March 28, the rebel Congress leaders refuted it saying they have closed the door on talks.

Pranav Singh Champion, one of the nine rebel Congress MLAs, who also heads the State’s Mining Development Committee, told The Hindu that even if the Congress high command offered Chief Minister’s post to Vijay Bahuguna, the leader of the dissidents, the call for a new government in Uttarakhandwould still stand.

“We have to overhaul the entire State machinery. We cannot work with the old system. It’s full of rot,” said Mr. Champion.

As a Cabinet Minister overseeing Mining Development Committee, Mr. Champion said that he was not allowed to eradicate “mafia culture” from the State’s mining industry.

“I didn’t have access to even a single file that recorded mismanagement of our mining resources,” he said. “Even the police refused to cooperate. The Chief Minister [Harish Rawat] worked like a dictator. He controlled every single Ministry through his men.”

After challenging Mr. Rawat’s government last Saturday, the rebel Congress leaders arrived in Delhi on Monday. Since then, they have refused to share the coordinates of their locations.

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