Uttarakhand Prestige Battle for BJP
Rawat showers sops on ‘return’ as CM, adds to BJP determination to keep him away at all costs Ambedkar termed Article 356 a ‘dead letter’ of the Constitution
New Delhi/Dehradun: Following his restoration as the chief minister of Uttarakhand, which was short-lived, Harish Rawat spend every moment to score political points against the BJP in the state.
In his stint that lasted less than 24 hours, Rawat held two Cabinet meetings and remained personally in touch with all MLAs who support him. Besides, he ensured easy access to all party workers who reached his temporary residence, the Bijapur Guest House, since Thursday evening. All decisions he took seemed to be with early elections in mind.
Rawat’s combative retur n has made BJP’s prot r a c t e d b at t l e withtheCongress a prestige issue for the saffron party, which is determined to either form a government or continue with President’s rule till fresh elections are held. After the Supreme Court stay on the Uttarakhand high court order gave a breather to the BJP, senior partyleadersETtalkedtosaidthey will now engage in strategising to clinch the April 29 floor test in the assemblyif ittakesplace.However, with the matter in court, it is difficult to predict how events would
With the matter in court, it is difficult to predict how events would unfold
unfold. “It is a prestige issue for the BJP now. We cannot allow Harish Rawat to become chief minister. Either we will form a government or there will be President’s rule till elections are held,” a senior BJP leader said.
Elections are due in Uttarakhand in early 2017 but BJP leaders maintainthatnowthepartymayhaveto gear up for polls earlier in case the numbers in the assembly do not add up.