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Uttarakhand crisis: President Pranab Mukherjee’s office trims BJP delegation

The President’s office clarified that this has been the custom. “It’s always been the practice that President meets small delegations,” said Venu Rajamony, Press Secretary to the President.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi |
Updated: March 23, 2016 1:59:51 pm
The BJP delegation after meeting President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday. (Express Photo: Prem Nath Pandey) The BJP delegation after meeting President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday. (Express Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

The BJP’s attempts to highlight the “constitutional breakdown” in Uttarakhand by taking out a march with party leaders and legislators to meet President Pranab Mukherjee Monday failed when Rashtrapati Bhavan told them that only a small delegation could meet the President.

BJP sources said the party had planned a “march” to Rashtrapati Bhavan with 26 party MLAs, nine rebel Congress legislators and other leaders to seek the President’s intervention for dismissal of the Harish Rawat-led Congress government in Uttarakhand. They were expected to start the march at 6 pm and meet the President at 6:45 pm. However, BJP leaders were informed around 5 pm that the President would meet only a delegation of five.

The President’s office clarified that this has been the custom. “It’s always been the practice that President meets small delegations,” said Venu Rajamony, Press Secretary to the President.

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Following this, BJP took out a march from Vijay Chowk to Rashtrapati Bhavan with its MPs and MLAs, including the nine rebel Congress MLAs from Uttarakhand, to drive home the point that the Rawat government had lost majority after it failed to get the finance Bill passed and has no moral right to be in power.

Meanwhile, a five-member delegation including BJP vice president Shyam Jaju, in-charge of party affairs in Uttarakhand, general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, state BJP unit chief Ajay Bhatt, former CM and rebel Congress leader Vijay Bahuguna and former state minister Harak Singh Rawat met the President. “We have brought it to the President’s notice that the Speaker rejected a demand for a vote despite a written request by the party MLAs,” said a BJP leader.

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