On Wednesday, the political crisis in Uttarakhand came back in media glare when the BJP accused the Congress government of the state indulging in corrupt activities.
In a statement to ANI, BJP party president in Uttarakhand Ajay Bhatt alleged that the former CM indulged in corrupt practices like 'Baghdadis'. Bhatt went on to say that Rawat had turned a blind eye towards the Congress legislators who have been minting money in the state.
Bhatt was quoted as saying, "The way the previous government here was supporting corrupt activities and land and liquor mafias is something which the terrorists do. Baghdadis behave in such a manner."
He added, “I have heard that all types of illegal business which strengthened its roots in the state have been uprooted in the past 14 days. The state has made a profit of 100 crore. What does this disclose? This proves that the Harish Rawat government was earning Rs 30-40 crore daily and this money was being credited into the pockets of the Congress MLAs and their friends instead of going into the governments account.”
He assured that the state BJP unit would stand by the High Court’s decision on the ongoing political battle in Uttarakhand. He alleged that considering their track record, the Congress government was incapable of ruling the state.
"If the High Court wants to revoke the President's rule, we will certainly agree to it. But the Congress cannot form its government in Uttarakhand again as it has failed to prove its majority in the state. Moreover, the accusations of horse trading and promoting illegal business in the state have made it aptly clear that they do not deserve to rule Uttarakhand," he said.
According to a PTI report, the BJP government had also asked for an investigation into the assets of the former Chief Minister to which the Congress government responded that they are ready for any kind of probe and a ‘non-political’ commission can be set up for the purpose.
The Uttarakhand political crisis started on 18 March when nine Congress MLAs, along with 27 BJP legislators, met state Governor KK Paul in Dehradun, and sought the dismissal of the Congress government led Rawat.
Following this, Rawat met the Governor on 19 March and maintained that he enjoyed a majority in the 71-seat Uttarakhand Assembly (with one nominated member).
Wary of the systematic toppling scheme that the BJP had undertaken, the Congress party expelled the nine rebel MLAs.
Both parties approached the President Pranab Mukherjee on separate occasions to resolve the political crisis and the President’s rule was opposed following which the High Court stepped in to resolve the matter.