The Congress chief whip on Thursday told the Uttarakhand High Court that nine rebel legislators have “no where” mentioned in their petition that they would support Congress government with “another Chief Minister”.
Congress Chief whip Indira Hridayesh vehemently opposed the claim of rebel Congress legislators that they were ready to support a Congress government under a different chief minister and that they had not unified with 26 BJP legislators.
“Nowhere in their pleading (of the writ petition) have they mentioned that they (rebel MLA’s) were ready to support a Congress government under a different chief minister,” Senior Advocate Amit Sibal, counsel for the Congress chief whip argued.
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The nine rebel Congress legislators arguing against the Speaker’s decision to disqualify them under the anti-defection law – had earlier told the court that “they continue to support” and that the party can “always form a government with another chief minister” and that they “have not unified” with the BJP.
The Congress chief whip also argued against the claim of the rebel Congress MLA’s that the Appropriation Bill, “was never put vote” on March 18 and the bill was never passed.
Sibal argued that attorney general Mukul Rohatgi has submitted to the supreme court that rebel MLA’s had voted against the appropriation bill and therefore Harish Rawat government had fallen on March 18, warranting imposition of President’s rule.
The submissions were made regarding two writ petitions challenging Uttarakhand Speakers Govind Singh Kunjwal’s decision to disqualify the rebel Congress MLAs under the anti-defection law on March 27.
Justice UC Dhyani would now hear the matter on May 9.