Turmoil and chaos continues amongst Uttarakhand Government and opposition
Suspense mounted today over the fate of nine rebel Congress MLAs of Uttarakhand ahead of the trial of strength on Monday as beleagured Chief Minister Harish Rawat backed the demand for their disqualification and rivals traded charges on alleged bribes to win legislators.
The deadline given to the the rebel MLAs for replying to the notices served to them by Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal under the anti-defection law came to an end this evening.
Rebel MLA’s allege CM offered bribe to change sides
Meanwhile, the rebel Congress MLAs today alleged that they were offered bribe by Rawat for support during the floor test in the Assembly and released a video of a “sting” operation purportedly showing the CM, who called it “fake”.
Former CM Vijay Bahuguna seeks removal of governor
Amid political turmoil in Uttarakhand, rebel Congress leader Vijay Bahuguna on Saturday demanded the removal of Governor K. K. Paul, alleging that he had misused his constitutional position by giving time to a minority government to prove its majority.
Paul had on March 19 written to Chief Minister Harish Rawat to prove majority in the House by March 28.
“The Governor gave 10 days time to a minority government to come into majority. The Governor has misused his constitutional position, we’ll demand that Governor be removed,” he told the media here.
“We know that we’ll lose our membership, we want fresh elections, a fresh system to come up. It’s a fit case for imposing 356,” he added.
PM Modi Calls Emergency Cabinet Meet On Uttarakhand Crisis
rime Minister Narendra Modi called an emergency meeting of the cabinet on Saturday night to discuss the situation in Uttarakhand .
The meeting took stock of the situation in Uttarakhand where nine Congress legislators had rebelled against the chief minister earlier this month when they sought a vote division on the floor of the house. The speaker had rejected the demand.