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In Uttarakhand, BJP MLAs return, say ready for polls

The MLAs were given a warm welcome at the airport and at the party office, where partyworkers had assembled for Holi Milan celebrations.

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Uttrakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat. PTI Photo

After spending 10 days in different states, 27 BJP MLAs reached Dehradun Monday and announced that if the BJP comes to power in the state, it will recommend a CBI inquiry into the allegations of corruption against the Harish Rawat government. They said the Rawat government was involved in corruption vis-à-visthe use of central relief package following the 2013 Kedarnath floods.

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The MLAs were given a warm welcome at the airport and at the party office, where partyworkers had assembled for Holi Milan celebrations.

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Addressing a press conference, state BJP chief Ajay Bhatt demanded a CBI inquiry into the role of Assembly Speaker G S Kunjwal in the series of developments that took place in the Assembly on March 18. He said the Appropriation Bill was not passed in the Assembly on March 18 and that there will be a situation in the coming month when government employees won’t get their salary.

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Bhatt added that he felt “ashamed” after the sting video of former CM Harish Rawat allegedly indulging in horse-trading surfaced. Rawat was making baseless arguments on the imposition of President’s Rule only to gain public sympathy, he added.

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Bhatt said the party’s state unit will stake a claim to form the government if the national leadership decides, and added that the party was ready for fresh polls. When asked whether he will allow the Congress rebels to join the BJP, he said he will welcome “genuine people”.