Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday launched a sharp attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He accused BJP of using money to topple governments as Congress CM Harish Rawat is using a threat of ouster by 9 party MLAs.
But BJP took a dig at the Uttarakhand assembly speaker Kunjwal for declaring the finance bill passed by voice vote. BJP claimed majority of members opposed the bill.
The Congress Vice President took to Twitter to target the ruling party at the Centre over the political crisis in the hill state and declared that the Congress would fight this “demagoguery with democracy”.
“Toppling elected Govts by indulging in horse trading & blatant misuse of money & muscle, seems to be BJP’s new model, after failure in Bihar”.
“Congress Party will fight demagoguery with democracy. This attack on our democracy & Constitution, first in Arunachal & now Uttarakhand, is the true face of Modiji’s BJP,” Gandhi said in a series of tweets.
Congress government in Uttarkhand led by Harish Rawat plunged into a crisis two days back with nine party MLAs turning rebels and opposition BJP approaching the Governor staking claim to form the government.
Governor Krishna Kant Paul had yesterday asked Rawat to prove his majority on the floor of the state Assembly by March 28.
The Governor’s directive to Rawat came even as BJP, claiming majority with support of nine rebel Congress MLAs in the 70-member Assembly, stepped up efforts to form its government, contending that the Rawat ministry has been reduced to a minority.
While BJP claimed the support of 35 MLAs including the rebel Congress legislators, Rawat said he still enjoys a majority in the Assembly as none of the rebel MLAs have quit the party or the CLP. He also said that five of the rebels were in touch with him.
Assembly Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal had said the “anti-defection law is in place and whoever is found guilty of violating it will have to be acted against”.
“All Congress MLAs voted with the government when the previous bill was passed in the Assembly and nobody had challenged the bill. Even the BJP accepts the voice vote,” he said.
But BJP has criticised the decision of Uttarakhand assembly speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal.
Responding to a question at the party’s national executive meeting in Delhi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley took a dig at the Speaker after his decision to consider the Budget passed with a voice vote “despite a majority of MLAs saying on the floor of the House that they are against it”.
“This is the first time such a thing has happened when a failed bill has been considered pass,” said Jaitley.
(With agency inputs).