BJP, Congress urge Pranab to intervene

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BJP and Congress delegations separately met President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday, seeking his intervention to resolve the political crisis in Uttarakhand. The Congress expelled Saket Bahuguna, son of the former Chief Minister, Vijay Bahuguna, accusing him of “masterminding” the rebellion of nine party MLAs, including his father.

A delegation led by Kailash Vijayvargiya, a prominent BJP leader in the State, requested the President to advance the floor test from March 28 to March 22 and said this would determine whether the government of Chief Minister Harish Rawat had a majority or not. He also asked the President to direct the Governor to dismiss the government immediately.

Then, the Congress delegation, led by Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad met the President with counterclaims.

After the meeting, Mr. Azad told reporters that he explained to the President that the BJP government at the Centre had “orchestrated the defection,” and this posed a security threat to the strategically significant State that borders China.

“We told him [the President] that last Saturday, they [BJP leaders] took a bunch of Congress MLAs, against their will, to the Governor's house to claim a majority in the Assembly,” said Mr. Azad.

The Congress leadership also requested the President to ensure that the floor test is not rescheduled.

The delegation said this would determine whether the government of Chief Minister Harish Rawat had a majority or not. Mr. Vijayvargiya also asked the President to direct the Governor to dismiss the government immediately.

Then, the Congress delegation, led by Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad met the President with counterclaims.

After the meeting, Mr. Azad told reporters that he explained to the President that the BJP government at the Centre had “orchestrated the defection,” and this posed a security threat to the strategically significant State that borders China.

Source The Hindu

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