Dehradun: Condemning the central government for allegedly threatening to impose President’s rule in the state, Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat on Sunday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of acting out “in its arrogance”.
“The demand to remove the Governor is completely condemnable,” said Rawat. “We have decided to take this issue to the public… My DNA is the DNA of the people, it is not an imported DNA like others.”
Responding to an earlier attack by Union Minister Arun Jaitely that Uttarakhand is an internal problem of Congress, Rawat said, “If it's an internal problem of Congress, then why were all the big brass of RSS & BJP here on 17th & 18th March?"
He further questioned, “If money has not played any role, then what is common between the DNA of Vijay Bahuguna and DNA of Kailash Vijayvargiya?”
After a sting operation released by the rebel MLAs on Saturday didn’t go down well with the chief minister, Rawat put the people of Uttarakhand a choice. “Will this state be run for service of people with policy and planning, or its fate will be decided by sting and defection? I want to place this question before the people of the state.”
Meanwhile, a day ahead of the trust vote for the Rawat government, the district administration has imposed Section 144 in Dehradun. The fate of 9 Congress rebel MLAs will be decided today after they would put forward their viewpoints to Uttarakhand Assembly Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal.