The former Uttarakhand CM, along with accompanying Congress leaders commenced his journey to Kedarnath on Sunday to visit the holy site as well as to examine the ruling BJP’s claims about the Kedarpuri reconstruction work.
Creation of a Lokayukta was part of the BJP’s vision document for the assembly elections in Uttarakhand earlier this year which the party contested on a strong anti-corruption plank.
Uttarakhand election results 2017: As per the latest results, the Congress is likely staring at a defeat in the state with the BJP racing past the party with a good margin of seats as Uttarakhand election results 2017 trickle in.
Harish Rawat will contest from two seats – Kichha and Haridwar Rural – in the Uttarakhand assembly elections.
Harish Rawat on Monday sought Centre’s cooperation in development and demanded clearance to the Uttarakhand budget passed by the state Assembly before his government was dismissed.
“My insistence on the Centre to give assent to the state’s annual budget passed by the Uttarakhand Assembly was a step in that direction,” said Rawat.
The CBI had earlier questioned Rawat on May 24 for over five hours in connection with the sting operation where he was shown offering bribes to rebel Congress MLAs to save his government.
Harish Rawat countered by saying that he has been fully cooperative with the CBI.
It asked both CBI and Rawat to file their affidavits and rejoinders, if any, together by June 8 and set June 20 as the next date of hearing in the case.
The Congress’s decision to nominate former Almora MP Pradeep Tamta to the Upper House has divided the ruling alliance.
“The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat was examined today in connection with inquiry in the alleged sting operation. Further examination will continue. He will be called again,” said CBI spokesperson.
Having won the floor test, Harish Rawat now has a crowd behind him, even when he faces CBI summons.
CBI had registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) on April 29 to probe the “sting operation” purportedly showing Rawat offering bribes to rebel Congress lawmakers to support him during a floor test in the Uttarakhand Assembly.
“People’s rights should be recognised and nobody can be stopped from going to a temple as God belongs to all,” Rawat told the media in Dehradun before meeting Vijay.
The case was handed over to the CBI when President’s Rule was imposed in the state.