The Uttarakhand High Court's verdict setting aside imposition of President's rule in the state on Wednesday spurred an elated Congress to attack the BJP, demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for "trampling" democracy and "murdering" constitution.
The verdict is a slap on face of BJP for trying to dislodge an elected government, it said.
Terming the court's verdict as a victory of people of Uttarakhand, democracy and constitutional norms, AICC spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said Prime Minister Modi and Amit Shah should learn a lesson from this "decisive and resounding verdict".
Here is what political leaders and state leaders had to say about the High Court order:
Harish Rawat, Uttarakhand Chief Minister
"I stand vindicated. Government had worked very sincerely to present the state budget. Uttarakhand is a wounded state and I want to tell the government at the Centre that we will try to forget this bitter chapter. The road to development should not be hindered, this is my request to the government at the Centre."
Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs
"We all respect the court verdict. I have nothing to comment on it but just to blame the central government for a particular situation which has been created by Congress party, that is unfortunate. It is congress party's creation, not ours (BJP),"
"Its not a question of embarrassment or mistake on our part. It was the situation created by the Congress party. They were in the government, they were having a majority with support of some MLAs. There was a revolt by 9 MLAs, reducing the government to a minority. How is BJP responsible for that situation?With regards to observation of the court, I do not have to say anything because we all have our defined role. We in the executive have our own role to play and judiciary has its own role to play. We do not have to comment on each other's observations or judgement. We honour whatever decision has been passed by the court"
Asked about BJP's role in a similar situation in Arunachal Pradesh, he said that the situation in Uttarkhand and Arunanchal Pradesh was "not comparable".
"There are slightly different situation within the Congress party. In Arunachal Pradesh, it is the Chief Minister who had lost the majority. They had disqualified some of the MLAs by using the Speakers position."
"In Uttarakhand, it is just a simple revolt within the Congres party where the finance bill was not supposed to pass without majority and they forcefully tried to pass it by voice vote. It is not a comparable situation in case of Arunanchal and Uttarakhand."
Randeep S Surjewala, Congress spokesperson:
"This is a victory for the people of Uttarakhand, democracy and constitutional norms. This is also a slap on the face of those in BJP who sought to dislodge an elected government, elected with the mandate of people in Uttarakhand. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah will be well advised to now tender an unconditional apology to the nation and also to people of Uttarakhand for trampling upon democracy, murdering constitution norms and subjugating the will of people to their blind quest to dislodge Congress governments. We welcome the verdict."
U'Khand HC sets aside President's Rule.Sinister conspiracy of BJP defeated.Democracy wins. Modiji should apologize to people of Uttarakhand.
— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) April 21, 2016
Sanjay Jha, national spokesperson for Congress, tweeted with #WorstPMModi:
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) April 21, 2016
The Indian National Congress's tweet expressed their delight with the Uttarakhand High Court's decision -
— INC India (@INCIndia) April 21, 2016
Ahmed Patel, Congress leader from Gujarat
The verdict of the Uttarakhand High Court is not just a victory for the Congress party but a victory for democracy
— Ahmed Patel (@ahmedpatel) April 21, 2016
Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister:
This is a huge embarrassment to Modi Govt. He shud stop interfering wid elected govts and respect democracy https://t.co/ufKtxCSlXW
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 21, 2016
Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary of CPM:
Anti-constitutional juggernaut of BJP's central govt halted in its tracks by judiciary in Uttarakhand. A slap to subverters of Constitution.
— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) April 21, 2016
Subramanian Swamy, BJP leader:
With a new AG and SG we can win the Uttarakhand case. We had kep these two out of Arunachal and won
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) April 21, 2016
The BJP maintained it's silence amidst the criticism and only said “On 29th April during floor test it will be proved that Harish Rawat is in minority.”
With inputs from PTI