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Ex-Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat slams BJP, says non-BJP govts everywhere under threat

Dehradun: Non-BJP governments are under threat everywhere and what has happened in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh will have a bearing on other states too as it is a part of BJP's "design" to build a 'Congress-free India', deposed Chief Minister Harish Rawat said on Friday.

He appealed to all secular and democratic forces to put up a united fight against the Centre's "autocratic" approach and "BJP's machinations to build a Congress-free India".

File image of Harish Rawat. PTI

File image of Harish Rawat. PTI

Rawat's Congress government was dismissed and President's Rule was imposed last month, with the Centre contending that there was "breakdown in Constitutional machinery" in the state.

"Non-BJP governments everywhere are under threat. Successive dismissal of governments in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand is an indication. Several chief ministers have expressed similar apprehensions," he said.

"It reflects a pattern which poses a threat to other states too," Rawat told a press conference which was also attended by his former ministerial colleagues Indira Hridayesh, Mantri Prasad Naithani and MLAs Sharbat Karim Ansari, Rajkumar and Haridas.

He said the major question thrown up by the turn of political events in Uttarakhand from 18 to 27 March when President's Rule was imposed in the state is whether or not democratic, secular and development oriented governments can survive in the country.

Thanking Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and leaders of CPI and Samajwadi Party for standing by him, he said it was time all non-BJP parties came to together to protest this high-handedness on part of the centre.

Published Date: Apr 08, 2016 22:47 PM | Updated Date: Apr 08, 2016 22:47 PM

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