BJP Attacking Democracy in Uttarakhand: Congress

Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi

Congress said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is overseeing the murder of democracy in India.

By Rakesh Raman

As the political situation in the Indian state Uttarakhand is going from bad to worse, Congress party is crying foul, saying it is Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP’s) brutal attack on democracy.

Congress and BJP delegations approached President of India Pranab Mukherjee Monday to stake their claims on government formation in Uttarakhand.

BJP has demanded the dismissal of the Congress’ Harish Rawat government in the state, saying it has lost its majority. It also claimed it has the support of 36 MLAs – including 9 rebel Congress MLAs – in the 70-member Assembly.

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Congress, on the other hand, has blamed the BJP of using “unconstitutional means” or horse trading to overthrow an elected state government.

Congress said Monday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is overseeing the murder of democracy in India.

‘For all his show of commitment to the Constitution and his new found love for Dr. Ambedkar, he is unleashing his party colleagues to wreak havoc on elected governments across the country. First it was Arunachal Pradesh, then BJP tried to destabilise the Manipur government and now they have turned their attention to Uttarakhand,” Congress said in a statement.

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Responding to the developments, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said, “Toppling elected governments by indulging in horse trading and blatant misuse of money and muscle power, seems to be BJP’s new model, after failure in Bihar. This attack on our democracy and Constitution, first in Arunachal and now Uttarakhand, is the true face of Modi’s BJP.”

Meanwhile, the Uttarakhand Chief Minister (CM) Harish Rawat said, “Harish Rawat is not important, CMs come and go. But if ‘dhan-shakti‘ will be used to bring change in government then every year a CM will be removed this way which will lead to political instability in the state.”

Congress said PM Modi’s attack is not solely against the Congress party, but against the citizens of India and the Congress will fight his demagoguery with democracy.

Chief Minister Harish Rawat has been asked to prove his majority by March 28 while the Speaker has issued notices to 9 rebel MLAs to show cause by March 26 why they should not lose their Assembly membership under the Anti-Defection Act, which prohibits elected members from changing their political parties.

By Rakesh Raman, the managing editor of RMN Company

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