A day after a double bench of Uttarakhand high court stayed its earlier order allowing former CM Harish Rawat to prove his majority on the floor of the House till April 6, the Congress leader took out a 3-kilometre-long protest march in the state capital to tell people how “the BJP leadership in Centre and state hatched a conspiracy to bring down his democratically-elected state government”.
The march taken out from Patel Nagar to Niranjanpur Sabzi Mandi saw participation of thousands of residents and around 400 of his staunch political supporters, including state Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay.
Later, addressing a well-attended public meeting on Niranjanpur Ground where the protest march culminated, Rawat asked people to point out his mistakes due to which his majority government was unceremoniously deposed by people from behind the veil. “If I have made blunders, people of Uttarakhand who voted us to power, will punish us by throwing out me and my government in the upcoming assembly polls. What was the need of playing dirty game to depose me as CM?” Rawat said.
“It was a part of pre-mediated move and did not happen suddenly as they were after my government since the very start owing to a series of development measures taken by my government over two years,” the ex-CM said.
Rawat told people that the way the BJP government at the Centre has been trying to dismantle democratically-elected governments in Congress-ruled states, they will have to respond to the people in the coming assembly and parliamentary polls.