New Delhi: Following the Uttarakhand government crisis, a group of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs led by their leader Kailash Vijayvargiya met President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday and requested that the Uttarakhand Assembly be dissolved.
BJP MLAs apprised the President about the situation in the state and said that since the government under Harish Rawat was in minority he did not have the right to conduct cabinet meetings or even to remain in power as the Chief Minister.
According to reports, the present government in ‘minority’ because 9 rebel Congress MLAs have allegedly joined the BJP. Due to this the BJP leaders want the current state government dissolved and be allowed to prove majority in the floor of the house.
Senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya said, “We also have a video of parading 35 MLAs before the Governor. So, 35 legislators were opposed to that bill and one of our MLAs is in prison; so we have support of 36 MLAs. So, the current government is in minority.”
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, who was set to arrive in the national capital today to discuss the political crisis in the state with the Congress leadership, has been asked by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi to stay put and handle the situation there.
Earlier in the day, the Congress party on Monday while toughening its stand on rebel leaders, expelled two senior leaders Saket Bahuguna, son of former Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna, and state Congress joint secretary Anil Gupta for six years for indulging in anti-party activities.
There were also reports that the Uttarakhand Governor KK Paul had written to the Centre and mentioned, “administrative break down” in the state.
Uttarakhand Governor KK Paul has also sent a CD of incidents that took place inside the state Assembly on 18th March.
First Published | 21 March 2016 10:50 PM