Uttarakhand: Cong, BJP leaders meet President

RSTV Bureau
Congress Delegation speaking to media after meeting President Pranab Mukherjee on March 21, 2016.

Congress Delegation speaking to media after meeting President Pranab Mukherjee on March 21, 2016.

Leaders of arch political rivals Congress and BJP today met President Pranab Mukherjee on the political developments in Uttarakhand where the two parties are at loggerheads over the crisis facing the Harish Rawat government.

Congress leaders will be telling the President that BJP and the Centre were seeking to destabilise a sensitive border state and it has long-term implications for the national security.

Party spokesman Manish Tewari said the appropriate forum for testing majority of any government was the state assembly.

The Congress delegation will comprise A K Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Motilal Vora, Ambika Soni, Ahmed Patel and Kapil Sibal.

BJP took out a march from Vijay Chowk to Rashtrapati Bhawan with all its MPs and MLAs, including the nine Congress rebel MLAs, to highlight that the Harish Rawat government had lost majority after it failed to get the finance bill passed and has no moral right to be in power.

They will also highlight the role of the Uttarakhand Speaker whom they allege is acting like an “agent” of Rawat.

A five-member delegation including BJP vice president Shyam Jaju, who is incharge of party affairs in Uttarakhand, general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and state BJP unit chief Ajay Bhatt, besides former chief minister and rebel Congress leader Vijay Bahuguna and Harak Singh Rawat, a former state minister, is meeting the President.