Uttarakhand High Court verdict of setting aside the President’s rule in the state has opened another battle front between the BJP and the Congress. While, there are reports that Centre is preparing to move Supreme Court appealing against the High Court order, Congress party demanded an apology from the ruling party.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah will be well advised to now tender an unconditional apology to the nation and also to people of Uttarakhand for trampling upon democracy, subjugating the will of people to their blind quest to dislodge Congress governments,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said welcoming the verdict.
Meanwhile, addressing the press shortly after the verdict, restored Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat said his government does not want to pursue a confrontationist path.
“We don’t want to fight…They are powerful, mighty and broad chested. We do not talk of fighting, but talk of cooperation. I would request the Centre to forget the past and work in the spirit of cooperative federalism,” Rawat said.
Welcoming the HC order, Harish Rawat took on the BJP in a subtle way adding that Centre’s act of imposing President’s Rule just ahead of the vote of confidence inflicted “deep wounds” on Uttarakhand.
On the other hand, amid reports of the Centre moving apex court against the High Court order, BJP sported a brave face.
“We all respect the court verdict. I have nothing to comment on it but just to blame the central government for a particular situation which has been created by Congress party, that is unfortunate. It is congress party’s creation, not ours (BJP),” MoS Home Kiren Rijuju said.
The party ruling at the Centre even claimed that Harish Rawat government remains in a minority and it will be proved on April 29, the day it takes the floor test.
“There is a question on our mind as Chief Minister Harish Rawat, who was caught in a sting, has been given relief by the court,” General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said reacting to the High Court verdict.
“The Harish Rawat government was in a minority yesterday, it is in a minority today and tomorrow. It will be proved on April 29,” he added.
The Congress, however, maintains that they will prove their full majority on the floor of the house.
Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel said, “The verdict of the Uttarakhand High Court is not just a victory for the Congress party but a victory for democracy.”
Congress spokesperson and senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi, who represented beleaguered Harish Rawat added, “Power is available only through democratic means not through misuse of Art 356.”
(With inputs from the PTI)