Uttarakhand crisis: Governor shouldn’t have given CM Rawat so much time, says BJP

Uttarakhand crisis: Governor K K Paul has asked Harish Rawat to prove his majority by March 28.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 25, 2016 10:31 am
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BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who has been coordinating BJP efforts to dislodge the Harish Rawat government in Uttarakhand with the help of nine Congress rebel MLAs, Wednesday said the Governor should not have given the Chief Minister “so much time… to prove majority that the Speaker gets an opportunity to disqualify the (rebel) MLAs”.

“I cannot say that the Governor is helping them (Congress) but we are at a loss,” Vijayvargiya said at the Idea Exchange programme of The Indian Express — the full transcript will be published Sunday.

Governor K K Paul has asked Harish Rawat to prove his majority by March 28.

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Vijayvargiya said he also told the Uttarakhand Director General of Police on March 18 — when Congress workers, angry over the rebellion, did not allow their nine legislators and BJP MLAs to leave the assembly building — that “if there is some other government tomorrow, you must think what will happen to you”.

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Responding to a query on the role of the Raj Bhavan as Dehradun plunged into a political crisis, Vijayvargiya said: “I think the Governor should not give so much time to the Chief Minister to prove majority that the Speaker gets an opportunity to disqualify the MLAs. The Governor should have issued directions that status quo be maintained and no action be taken against the MLAs until the trust vote.”

He claimed the BJP leadership was approached by Congress leaders who were “frustrated with their leadership’s attitude” towards them and they decided to seek a vote on the state budget to pull down the government. But the Speaker, he said, did not allow any voting.

Recalling the developments in the assembly on March 18, he said when the Congress rebels and BJP legislators tried to leave the premises, Congress workers encircled the building. He said they sought the help of the DGP but “it took him three hours to help the MLAs come out and go to Governor House… the DG was not helpful”.

“I was angry and called up the DG to tell him that the government has fallen. If there is some other government tomorrow, you must think what will happen to you. After that, the DG came to the spot himself. We also told the Governor about the situation, that representatives wanted to meet him. The Governor spoke to the DG. The DG then helped the MLAs get on to a bus which drove them to Raj Bhavan,” he said.

Vijayvargiya said the BJP paraded 35 MLAs before the Governor. “Every MLA was called out by name, each one of them stood up and registered presence. The entire incident has been videotaped,” he said.

The BJP leaders asked the Governor to make the Chief Minister take a floor test within 24 hours. When that did not happen, the BJP, he said, decided to move the MLAs to a safer place.

“We immediately concluded that the MLAs were not safe and needed to be taken away. Anything could happen. We arranged for an aircraft and came to Delhi,” he said.

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    Rattihallirao
    Mar 25, 2016 at 12:57 am
    While other parties waited patiently for developments in J and K, BJP is all the more impatient in doing sorts of toppling the elected govt with all its might. Could be that they are yet to pocket the Gov and Speaker.
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      babu
      Mar 25, 2016 at 1:07 am
      This guy looks like a pimp on GB Road dilli
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        sunny
        Mar 24, 2016 at 10:50 pm
        When it come to power one could not find any difference between Congress and BJP claim to be a party with a difference
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          jagar
          Mar 25, 2016 at 7:51 am
          It can remove him.His wife is Presidents Secretary.
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            jagar
            Mar 25, 2016 at 7:48 am
            SC has ruled that test of majority will be on floor of the House,not Governor's drawing room.This abnoxious charactor famous for his medieval mindset trumpts his ignorance all around.Governor has rightly given three days excluding holidays.
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              kamath Ramesh
              Mar 25, 2016 at 9:57 am
              It is not 2/3. it must be 1/4. That is the reason 9 mla defected from 28 mla of Lashkar e Sonia. But speaker is trying to disqualify undemocratically. If this is done again it would be the judiciary to decide on this.
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                kamath Ramesh
                Mar 25, 2016 at 10:03 am
                When 9 congress mla rebel and want to support BJP or want to form the govt by taking the support of BJP what is wrong it it? Even in Arunachal congress cried same thing. Later the govt fell down and new govt is formed by the defected congress mla from the support of BJP. It is congress internal problem they were not able to hold their flocks together. Rahul has time to meet kanayya but no time for the dissatisfied mla. Don't forget when congress was ruling, it used to suspend the opposition govt overnight.
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                  Harry
                  Mar 25, 2016 at 5:34 pm
                  In 1968 then prime minister Indira hi use this to dismantle the old congress party and hang on to power. You have a short mommory.
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                    Harry
                    Mar 25, 2016 at 5:24 pm
                    Unfortunately the govermnor thinking the congress part still rule in Delhi and all of the governors has the habit of taking orders from Rahul and Sonia. This has to change.
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                      mast kalandar
                      Mar 25, 2016 at 5:42 am
                      I guess your MOM told you so...but how ungrateful can you be...after all he used to market your mom once upon a time...or may be he does it till date!!!
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                        mast kalandar
                        Mar 25, 2016 at 5:45 am
                        because the observers, including you, forgot to take off their Congi-Eye gear
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                          mast kalandar
                          Mar 25, 2016 at 5:47 am
                          whenever you open your mouth you display your rustick back ground, illiterate ideas and pseudo ideologies! Shourie didnt call BJP a Congress Cow....he said BJPs disposition is like that of the Congress PLUS Cow! Theres a huge difference in the two, provided you know english good enough
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                            Varghese
                            Mar 25, 2016 at 3:07 am
                            That they will be holiest is what the man with 56' chest told the people India. I know one power there a tendency for BJP forget beside with power
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                              Pinna
                              Mar 24, 2016 at 11:34 pm
                              All is fair in love, war and politics. Why only rhe BJP is supposed to keep holier than though approach. Goal posts cannot be changed. I it was fair for Congress, its same for BJP. If you do it, its ok and if others indulge in the same way, its cheating!!!
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                                Pinna
                                Mar 24, 2016 at 11:28 pm
                                That's precisely the reason the new Government at the Centre prefers to have new Governors. Congress made hue and cry when Modi changed Governors as if Congress never replaced the Governors before! Ab tera kya hoga KK Paul?
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                                  Rohan
                                  Mar 24, 2016 at 11:29 pm
                                  When one is elected on a party ticket and wants to change sides this act should immediately make the election null and void and this candidate should be re-elected appropriately to be the voice of the people this candidate now wants to represent. Otherwise it is a slap on the face of those who elected the candidate the first time.
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                                    vickey
                                    Mar 25, 2016 at 2:50 am
                                    More deserters may be waiting on heels in congi fort after the JNU debacle this is the first rap congis are facing.
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                                      anonymous
                                      Mar 24, 2016 at 10:32 pm
                                      Desperate times call for desperate measures. To disqualify these greedy rogues was the right thing to do. It was also a slap on the face of Vijayvargiya, the hardcore lieutenant of Modi. Crores doled out did not work. Infact, money does not work at all times. Vijayvargiya is bemoaning the drained out funds.
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                                        Vinay Gupta
                                        Mar 25, 2016 at 4:08 am
                                        What is your point? K K Paul was appointed as Governor of Uttarakhand by the present central government in January 2015.
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                                          Augustus
                                          Mar 25, 2016 at 4:21 am
                                          As Shourie said BJP is Congress Cow
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