U’khand gives Congress a cheer… Rahul takes on BJP

Rajat Kain

FILE: New Delhi: File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah at party headquarter in New Delhi.  Photo - PTI

FILE: New Delhi: File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah at party headquarter in New Delhi.
Photo – PTI

Soon after Uttarakhand floor test was declared before the Supreme Court, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi opened front against the BJP. Gandhi focussed his criticism on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, even as he trained guns on the ruling party at the Centre.

“They (BJP) did their worst. We did our best. Democracy won in Uttarakhand!,” Rahul Gandhi wrote on a micro-blogging site Twitter minutes after AG apprised the top court of floor test result on Wednesday.

The two parties have long engaged over the bitter tussle on the issue ever since President’s rule was imposed in the state, post Harish Rawat facing rebellion from a section of his own MLAs.

Once again targeting PM Modi, as he has often off-late, the Congress party vice president added “Hope Modiji learns his lesson-people of this country and the institutions built by our founding fathers will not tolerate the murder of democracy!”

Rahul Gandhi’s strong reaction is also indicative of the aggressive posture that principal opposition party may take after legal and political victory over BJP on the current issue, which has also echoed repeatedly on the floor of Parliament in an on-going Budget session.

Though, some MLAs of Congress party had claimed victory yesterday itself after the floor test was held in the legislative assembly after the Supreme Court’s order, the celebrations only took off a day later after Centre told Supreme Court that it will lift the President’s rule after Harish Rawat-led Congress party secured 33 out of 61 votes.

Rawat’s residence and local Congress office witnessed jubilant scenes with workers and leaders bursting crackers amid celebrations and raising slogans hailing Rawat and their party senior leadership – Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.

Congress is not set to take charge in Uttarakhand with Harish Rawat reinstated back as the Chief Minister.