Under attack from the Opposition over the imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the BJP Friday used former law minister H R Bhardwaj’s revelation that the UPA government wanted to dismiss the Mulayam Singh government in Uttar Pradesh in 2007 to hit back at the Congress.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the opposition party should come clean on the issue and added that Congress had a history in “misusing” Article 356.
“There is nothing new in it. Congress’s entire history has been about misusing Article 356,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event organised to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir. “So what Bhardwaj is saying today, it will be better if Soniaji and Rahulji make a comment on the issue… Because we receive a lot of messages from them (on alleged misuse of the Article),” he said.
BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said Bhardwaj’s remarks highlighted the “undemocratic” manner in which Congress chief Sonia Gandhi deals with state governments led by other parties. He said the revelations “exposed the true character of Congress party”. He said critical opinions about the Congress leadership have been coming from inside the organisation. “Sonia should clarify on Bhardwaj’s comments,” he said.
The Indian Express report on Friday had quoted Bhardwaj as saying that the Congress leadership in 2007 wanted to dismiss the then SP government over alleged “corruption” but he refused to oblige.