New Delhi: Elaborating on the divisive politics which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is being accused of practicing over Uttarakhand, the Congress Party and the BJP both on Thursday issued statements in different press conferences, opposing and defending the imposition of President's Rule in the state of Uttarakhand.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi, in a press conference on Thursday, gave the following statement pertaining to President's Rule in Uttarakhand:
"The whole edifice of the Central government 356 was that 35 out of 68 MLAs demanded a division on the 18th. That edifice is non-existent because only 27 MLAs signed the memorandum of the BJP. Though 9 MLAs did not sign, still they sent a second memorandum at 11:30 in the night after the voting was over. The judgement records all this. It is not a question of your government or my government. Ultimately, the Centre is the custodian of a very rare emergency power. 356 is put in that part of the constitution which deals with Emergency powers."
Further censuring this move by the Centre, Singhvi added, "It is impossible to believe that the action of the Central government in this regard could remotely have been bona fide. Political power can hardly be achieved by these devious means."
Bihar Chief Minister also vociferously objected to the President's Rule in Uttarakhand and said that it was against the consitution.
— ANI (@ANI_news) April 21, 2016
At the end of the spectrum, BJP's National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya had a different out-take on the matter, which, majorly but briefly, consisted of unreasonability from the side of Congress.
Kailash said in the press conference that the BJP was not surprised by this decision taken by the Uttarakhand High Court. He attacked Harish Rawat for taking a stand when he had been caught red-handed in a sting operation.
Kailash further added that the BJP was "not worried" by this current scenario.
"Harish Rawat was in the minority yesterday, and he is in the minority today also; it will be ultimately proved in the floor test on 29th April," said the BJP member.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the matter.
Modiji while you attack the Constitution,destroy institutions&undermine Democracy pl remember ppl of Uttarakhand&entire country are watching
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) April 21, 2016