Cabinet summoned to discuss Uttarakhand crisis
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cutting short his Assam visit headed the Union cabinet emergency meeting to discuss all possibilities, including President’s Rule, in the hill state of Uttarakhand.
There was no official word about what took place at the Cabinet meeting, but sources say that it would again meet later to take a final decision.
The cabinet meet was called on after a BJP bigwig plead to President Pranab Mukherjee and sought his arbitration to dismiss the State Government.
Earlieron of the Congress rebel legislators released a sting video of Chief Minister Harish Rawat which, they alleged, showed him indulging in horse-trading to save his government.
The video revealed CM Harish allegedly offering money to legislators to vote for his government in the vote of confidence mandated by Governor K.K. Paul before March 28.
Releasing the video, rebel Congress lawmaker Harak Singh Rawat said the chief minister was trying to bribe the nine rebel Congress legislators as well as as few of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He also added that the rebels have been receiving life threats.
Speaker of Uttarakhand sabha,Govind Singh Kunjwal had decided to disqualify the nine Congress MLAs whose rebellion and joining hands with the BJP earlier this month had triggered the crisis.
Sources revealed that it was expected that the change in the number of MLAs at the assembly would tilt the favourable changes towards Harish Rawat government.