Dehradun: Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has asked the people of the state to teach a befitting lesson to the BJP, accusing it of hatching a conspiracy to topple an elected government.
Rawat held rallies at Tharali, Narayanbagad, Karnaprayag and Gopeshwar in Chamoli district on Sunday and asked people to teach a befitting lesson to the BJP, accusing it of hatching a conspiracy to topple an elected government, creating political instability in the state and derailing its development.
He addressed the rallies as part of the second phase of his save democracy yatra to mobilise public opinion against the imposition of President's rule in the state.
He said though he had no idea when the clouds of political uncertainty will lift from Uttarakhand, assembly elections were not far away and people had a chance to teach a lesson to those guilty of derailing the state's development.
Assembly elections in Uttarakhand are due early next year.
Rawat also highlighted the decisions taken by him in "public interest" at the two Cabinet meetings he chaired during the brief revival of his government recently in the wake of the High Court's verdict revoking President rule in the state on which a stay was put by the Supreme Court just a day later.
Though their implementation will depend largely on what the Supreme Court rules on 27 April, Rawat took nearly a dozen populist decisions at the two cabinet meetings with an eye on assembly polls including reappointment of guest teachers and hiking their salary to 15000 per month, setting up a committee to look into reduction of land circle rates, a pension of Rs
3100 for identified statehood agitationists, an increase of Rs 200 in the pensions of widows, old women and the handicapped.
Pradesh Congress President Kishore Upadhyay, who accompanied the former chief minister, claimed large crowds attended the rallies.
This is the second phase of Rawat's save democracy yatra which covered constituencies of rebel MLAs in its first phase.