Efforts being made to tarnish Congress Govt.: U’khand CM

Dehradun (Uttarakhand): Rubbishing the allegations of ‘horse trading’ levelled against him by rebel Congress MLA Harak Singh Rawat, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Saturday said that the CD presented was totally fake, adding that efforts were being made to tarnish the image of the Congress-led state government.

“I want to say it straightforward that the CD presented is completely false and fake. Through this CD, efforts are being made to tarnish the image of the state by the rebel leaders,” Rawat told a press conference.

Efforts being made to tarnish Congress Govt.: U'khand CM

He also said that the nine MLAs had turned rebel in lure of power.

Earlier today, Harak Singh Rawat presented a CD, alleging that efforts were being made purchase the BJP MLAs, including the nine rebel Congress MLAs.

Harak Singh, through a sting, has also claimed that Harish Rawat threatened the MLAs.

“There is an attempt being made to purchase the BJP MLAs, including the nine rebel Congress MLAs,” Singh told a press conference.

He also said that they have expressed their security concerns to the Centre as they are getting threats.

“We have asked the ruling dispensation at the Centre to make arrangements for us,” he added.

However, the authenticity of the CD has still not been proved.

Earlier, the Uttarakhand High Court dismissed the petition filed by the rebel Congress MLAs challenging the notice issued to them by Assembly speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal.

Nine rebel MLAs had earlier on Friday filed a petition in the High Court challenging the showcause notice issued to them by the speaker.

Last week, Harish Rawat rejected the Opposition’s claim that the ruling Congress Government has slipped into minority after its nine MLAs defected and said his government was in majority and if the opposition has any doubt, they should bring a no confidence motion.

However, the BJP claimed that it would stake claim for the formation of a government in the state as the Rawat government was in minority.

Uttarakhand Governor Dr. Krishna Kant Paul has directed the state assembly speaker that house proceedings during the floor test on March 28 will be recorded.

Paul had on March 19 written to Chief Minister Harish Rawat, to prove majority in the House by March 28.