Nine rebel Congress MLAs of Uttarakhand, including former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna, on Friday sought more time from Assembly Speaker G S Kunjwal to submit their replies to the show-cause notices issued to them on March 19. They have to submit their replies by 5 pm of March 26.
The notices were issued following a complaint by Leader of the House Harish Rawat and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Indira Hridayesh, who accused the MLAs of violating whip and demanded cancellation of their membership.
A day before the deadline, lawyer Rajeshwar Singh on Friday visited the Speaker’s office and submitted separate letters on behalf of the MLAs. “All the nine MLAs have requested the Speaker to provide certain evidences about the happenings on March 18. They have also sought more time to reply to the notices,” Singh told The Indian Express. (A copy of the letter by MLA Harak Singh Rawat is with The Indian Express.)
In the letter, the rebel MLAs have demanded the Speaker to provide “full, unedited video” of the complete day’s activity in the Assembly on March 18, from the time the first member entered the House till the last member left.
They have also demanded “clear and legible copies of the joint written representation” against the state government alleged to have been presented to the Governor along with BJP MLAs, clearly showing their signatures along with that of BJP MLAs. Besides, they have demanded evidence regarding alleged raising of slogans on the floor of the House with BJP MLAs.
The MLAs have also sought evidence in relation to the allegation that they sat with BJP MLAs in a bus, travelled with them to Delhi and stayed in the same hotel as them.
Terming the allegations in the notice “based on just conjecture and hearsay”, the MLAs said seeking “the aforesaid details, documents, video recordings, etc., are utterly important and absolutely essential in furnishing a proper reply”. They also requested the Speaker to extend the last date for submission of their replies to the notices by 15 days from the date such details, documents, video recordings, etc., are supplied.