Putting up a brave front in the face of embarrassment in having to revoke President’s Rule in Uttarakhand, the BJP on Wednesday claimed that Congress won the trust vote in the hill state through money power, and that the court had turned a blind eye to widespread corruption in the state.
“This is not a victory, it has been purchased…this was a fixed match,” alleged BJP spokesman Shrikant Sharma. “The very ground of challenging the President’s Rule was shaky — if the Budget had not been passed on March 18, the Rawat government had already been in minority at the time. What is wrong with (imposing) President’s Rule then? The Congress is trying to run a government by “dadagiri (highhandedness)”, he alleged, adding, “This is a crisis of their own making.”
Reacting to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s statement that removing the Rawat government was “murder of democracy”, and that “democracy has won” with the trust vote result, Sharma said the party should not teach anyone lessons in democracy. “They have scored a century in imposing President’s Rule. So nobody (from the Congress) should point fingers at us.”
Asked whether this episode would be a liability for BJP when the state goes to polls, Sharma said: “We never had anything to lose because we were in the opposition and will continue to sit in the opposition.”