“Pehle mein Modiji ki wajah se barkhast mukhya mantri tha, phir main High Court dwara sthaphit mukhya mantri tha aur aaj mein Supreme Court ke order se nevartaman hoon ( First because of Modiji I was a dismissed chief minister, then by an order of the High Court I was a reinstated CM and today after the Supreme Court order I am the last incumbent),” said Harish Rawat in Dehradun after hearing of the Supreme Court stay till April 27 on the Uttarakhand High Court’s decision to dismiss President’s rule in the state.
On a day the fickle weather gods poured rain over the state capital, its political fortunes proved equally fickle. But Rawat, who emerged after a long lunch meeting with the state’s ministers and senior Congress leader and Uttarakhand in charge Ambika Soni who arrived in Dehra Dun this morning, said the stay hasn’t dampened the party’s morale. “Till things are finally decided, these stages will happen. We are ready for any change. Hamein koi mayoosi nahi huyee hai (We are not anxious). We will fight this together in court and in the court of the people and we will win in both,” he said.
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Rawat, who held a cabinet meeting last night and this morning, had taken a number of decisions which will be now on hold. Among them were decisions on appointments of guest teachers, the char dham yatra, the state’s water problem, regularising slum clusters, increasing pensions by Rs 200 every month and improving the state’s sports infrastructure. “We had prepared an action plan to overcome the setback the state’s development had received in this past month but only that happens what God wills. We respect the Court’s judgment,” he said.
“We want a quick decision because the instability is hampering the state’s development. There are forest fires in the state, we don’t want anything to affect the char dham yatra, these are all things that need our attention,” said Rawat, adding that he was not hasty in calling the cabinet meetings.