Rawat shuts door on nine Congress rebels

Rawat shuts door on nine Congress rebels

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-05-12 20:07 New Delhi: Following his meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi after assuming charges asUttarakhand Chief Minister again, Harish Rawat on Thursday said the nine expelled Congress rebel were sitting in the lap the BJP with whom the Congress could have no compromise. "The nine Congress rebel MLAs have sat in the BJP's lap. They went with the communal forces with whom there can be no compromise," he said in a strict message to them. Emerging out of the meeting, he told reporters, "We came here to express our gratitude to Soniaji. We also wanted to meet Rahulji, but it could not happen." "We thanked Soniaji and told her that her guidance and her nation-wide drive for saving democracy gave us great strength, and finally we emerged victorious. It was a victory of judiciary. The judiciary's image and respect as a custodian of constitutional faith was enhanced among the people," he said. "Above all, on the 125th birth anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar, we were successful in raising the level of constitutional beliefs," he added. Talking about his government's priority, the chief minister said, "Our priority is to bring back the Uttarakhand on the path of development after a hiatus of two months that had jeopardised its progress." "As soon as I resumed the charge of the Chief Minister's Office today (on Thursday), I held a cabinet meeting, we reiterated our intention (of development of Uttarakhand). I would like to reiterate that Uttarakhand wants development, we want to grow. Our struggle is against backwardness and deprivation and in this struggle we have support of Soniaji and Rahulji," he added. When asked whether he would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said, he said: "I am a chief minister and I will definitely meet the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister for the development of the state. As I have said its not a matter of confrontation or win or defeat." The Centre on Wednesday revoked President's Rule from Uttarakhand after Chief MinisterHarish Rawat proved his majority on the floor of the House. The Congress won by a margin of 33-28 in the floor test on Tuesday. With nine Congress rebels barred from voting, the strength of the 71-member assembly was 62. Sources said 28 MLAs voted for the BJP. (ANI)