The ruling Congress in Uttarakhand Wednesday said BJP had no moral right to go to people seeking votes as it had perpetrated an insult on them by unfairly dislodging a government which enjoyed the mandate of the people.
“BJP insulted the people of the state by toppling in an unfair way a government which enjoyed their mandate. With what face will the party go to people seeking their votes,” AICC General Secretary and in-charge of party affairs in Uttarakhand Ambika Soni told reporters soon after her arrival at the party office here to galvanise party workers ahead of next year’s assembly elections.
“BJP had better find a convincing explanation for engineering defections in the Congress and imposing President’s Rule in the state before going ahead with any of its programme,” she said when told about the BJP’s proposed Parivartan yatra scheduled to begin on November 12 which is likely to be addressed by several central leaders of the party including Amit Shah .
Soni said the BJP has already lost its credibility and going to people seeking votes was going to be of no consequence to the party. When asked whether the party had shut its doors for ever on rebel leaders who were now with the BJP, she evaded a direct reply but said the party never shuts its doors on anyone. On issues between the Congress and the government which keep surfacing from time to time including the party’s ambiguity regarding its alliance with the PDF, she said all of these will come up for deliberations at the co-ordnination committee meeting of the party scheduled to be held later.
On objections raised by a section of the Congress over many promises made in the party’s 2012 poll manifesto still unfulffilled, she said the state government still had two-three months’ time at its disposal to fulfil the unfulfilled promises
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“There is still time for fulfilling the unfulfilled promises. Elections are two-three months’ away,” she said.
Responding to media speculations about her removal as AICC in-charge for Uttarakhand, Soni who is also Congress campaign committee chairperson for Punjab said she had herself proposed to be relieved of one of the charges as both states are going to the polls together in 2017.
“But only the party high command has to take a call on whether or not it would be okay to change the AICC in-charge for the party at this stage when assembly elections are round the corner in both states,” she added.