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Uttarakhand : Centre considering President’s Rule, Rawat seeks confidence vote on March 28

Narada Desk | March 27, 2016 12:32 pm Print
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with senior cabinet ministers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with senior cabinet ministers

The Uttarakhand political crisis is been looked at seriously by the Modi led  BJP led government . In view of the tricky scenario in the state the  Prime Minister Narendra Modi  had called an emergency meeting of the cabinet  to discuss the situation in Uttarakhand where Chief Minister Harish Rawat is facing a rebellion from some of his party’s lawmakers.

The meeting took stock of the situation in Uttarakhand where nine Congress legislators had rebelled against the chief minister earlier this month when they sought a vote division on the floor of the house. The speaker had rejected the demand.

The rebel Congress legislators later released a sting video of CM Harish Rawat in New Delhi and alleged that he is indulging in horse-trading to save his government. The video purportedly showed him bargaining with rebel party lawmakers to win their support ahead of floor test on March 28.

The cabinet meet was called after a BJP delegation met President Pranab Mukherjee and sought his intervention to dismiss the state government. Meanwhile according to media reports the Centre is seriously considering President’s Rule imposition and a cabinet meet again on this regard is likely to  be called soon.

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 alleged that the rebels have been receiving life threats.

Before the rebellion, the Congress had 36 legislators in the 70-member Assembly. The ruling party also has the support of six members of the Progressive Democratic Front, while the opposition BJP has 28 legislators.

Meanwhile, the Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal has disqualified the nine rebel Congress MLAs. This comes just ahead of the trust vote on 28 March. The disqualification of the MLAs could prove to be an advantage for chief minister Harish Rawat.

( with IANS inputs)