Uttarakhand crisis: Congress targets PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah

"There is a serious leadership crisis in Congress. It has become a sinking ship and its leaders are leaving it as soon as they get a chance. Rahul Gandhi should not blame BJP for it."

Written by Lalmani Verma | New Delhi | Updated: March 23, 2016 2:01 pm
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THE CONGRESS Sunday blamed the BJP’s top leadership for the political crisis in Uttarakhand with Chief Minister Harish Rawat accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah of misusing power, and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi saying it showed the “true face of Modiji’s BJP”.

Addressing party workers for the first time after nine Congress MLAs, including former CM Vijay Bahuguna, voted against the Budget in the Assembly Friday, Rawat also accused the BJP of being “intolerant” against those who speak against its ideology.

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Congress sources, meanwhile, confirmed that Rawat had put off his visit to Delhi Sunday and added that he “has not yet sought time from the party leadership”.

Referring to the sedition row in JNU, the recent controversies over consumption of beef or the suicide of a Dalit research scholar in Hyderabad, Rawat said, “If somebody writes against them, they finish that person. If a person eats anything against their wish, they kill that person, too. If a Dalit student raises voice against them, they force him to kill himself. If a youth of backward caste in Delhi challenges their ideology, they send him to jail.”

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He added, “If a government in any state is not as per their wish, they use power and money to destabilise that government. After Arunachal Pradesh, they have now made a similar attempt in Uttarakhand.”

Rahul Gandhi, meanwhile, took on the BJP in a series of tweets. “Toppling elected governments by indulging in horse-trading and blatant misuse of money and muscle, 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 Modiji’s BJP. Congress party will fight demagoguery with democracy,” he tweeted.

In Dehradun, accompanied by ministers Preetam Singh and Dinesh Agrawal, Rawat accused Modi and Shah of trying to “purchase” MLAs. “Several MLAs have spoken before cameras of TV channels that BJP had offered them money. Is it not an unethical act? Aren’t these people tarnishing democracy?” said Rawat.

Meanwhile, Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal sent letters to all the MLAs to be present in the Assembly on March 28 when the Chief Minister will have to prove majority on the floor of the House.

On Saturday, the Speaker had issued notices to the nine Congress rebels under the anti-defection law and sought their reply within seven days.

In the evening, Rawat met Governor K K Paul. Sources said that it was a courtesy meet in which the CM extended thanks to the Governor for giving him an opportunity to prove majority in the House.


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  1. Abhijit Bhattacharya
    Mar 21, 2016 at 4:45 pm
    If BJP purchases a MLA that is the deal of a deshbhakt for Bharat mata's bennefit, but if other parties do that then that is a deal of a deshdrohi that can destroy Bharat mata's hindu culture
    1. Anil Tandale
      Mar 21, 2016 at 3:11 am
      Will the Congress leadership recall as to on whose mandate, Governor Ram Lal had dismissed Chief Minister NT Rama Rao and installed N Bhaskar Rao in his place in August 1984? Was not the Congress High Command instrumental for it? It was the Senior counsel hired by Congress government who had argued in the Supreme Court in 1993 that the Legislative majority is the only consutional morality. Congress is losing everywhere. Sportiveness is the duty for the loser. Winners are not mandated to be sportive.
      1. A
        Mar 21, 2016 at 10:56 am
        Congress should first fight intolerance within party and then target so called intolerance at Country level . Now a days Modiji and BJP is a soft target and they are held responsible for any thing that goes wrong in the w universe. But congressis still have not realized that people in India are not in 70-80s still that they will believe in what lies congress spread.
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          Bijan Mohanty
          Mar 20, 2016 at 6:45 pm
          BJP was a healthy ship prior to forming govt. Now it is a stinking ship worse than Congress.
          1. V
            Mar 21, 2016 at 5:15 am
            congress is targeting modi and shah for the last 14 years but unable to fix them in ishrat jahan case. modi has become PM which they r unable to digest. same is the case with media we have high respect for the IE but they have lost this respect by giving one sided news agaist modi and supporting anti national elements of the country
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