“Ant bhala so bhala (all is well that ends well),” said Harish Rawat with a smile on the day the Centre decided to revoke President’s Rule from Uttarakhand. “For the historic end to yesterday’s semi-final I would like to thank the courts. The courts came forward as the final adjudicators for the Constitution, constitutional values and democratic values and I thank them,” said Rawat after getting the vote of confidence in the floor test held on Tuesday.
The Centre had imposed President’s Rule in Uttarakhand on March 27 after nine Congress MLAs voted with the BJP in the House on the Appropriation Bill on March 18.
Calling it the end of a bad patch, Rawat appealed to the Centre and the BJP in the state to become partners with him in the development of Uttarakhand. “I thank the Centre for the magnanimity it has shown in asking for President’s Rule to be lifted before the Supreme Court announced the result. I hope the Centre will find solutions to the vexed questions of Uttarakhand. We are a small state but our aspirations are big. We have to fill the gap between akanksha (aspirations) and apeksha (expectations) and for that we need the Centre’s support,” said Rawat, as celebrating party workers splashed colour on each other outside his residence.
On the question of whether his doors were open for the rebel Congress leaders, Rawat said, “Once a chapter ends, you should leave it at that. I have done a lot of tapasya these two months to get these results, now it is for them to do some tapasya. Let the BJP also know what it is to deal with them.”
Amidst speculation that the Congress would call for early elections as they have the people’s sympathy right now, Rawat said that development, not political gains, was on his mind. “Uttarakhand has suffered a lot in these months. If you were to ask me, the compelling situation in the state demands we focus on carrying out development work first,” he said. Rawat was expected to hold a cabinet meeting later in the day.
Rawat was also summoned by the CBI in the purported sting case in Delhi, but said he had requested them to question him in Dehradun. “The CBI asked me first to appear a day before the floor test, which wasn’t possible, and now tomorrow. I don’t know what the hurry was. I could have been called later,” said Rawat.