BJP has adopted “wait-and-watch” strategy in Uttarakhand, which was brought under President’s Rule yesterday, in view of the state’s ruling Congress challenging the decision in court and nine of its rebel MLAs seeking legal recourse against their disqualification.
The party had last week expressed confidence that it will form the government in the state as the Congress dispensation struggled to put together a majority but the Assembly Speaker’s decision to disqualify the rebels supporting BJP put a spoke in its plan.
Party sources said they would wait to see how the matter progresses in court before taking a decision.
“It is no longer a political matter only as the court too will have a view now. We will have to wait,” they said.
Earlier today, former chief minister Harish Rawat moved Uttarakhand High Court seeking revocation of President’s Rule in the state and restoration of his government, terming the Modi government’s decision as a “brazen display of high-handedness and authoritarianism”.
BJP media in-charge Shrikant Sharma refuted Congress’ charge that the Centre had “murdered the democracy” in the state, saying it was “murdered” by the Speaker on March 18 when he announced a “failed” bill as passed despite a majority of MLAs raising their hands against it.
He also referred to a sting purportedly showing the then Chief Minister Harish Rawat offering allurements to MLAs and called it “murder of democracy”.
If anyone is responsible for the crisis, it is the Congress leadership, he said.