BJP rubbishes horse trading allegation in Uttarakhand

New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) The BJP on Saturday rubbished the allegation of horse trading in Uttarakhand where nine Congress legislators have revolted against Chief Minister Harish Rawat.

The party also challenged Rawat to prove his majority in the house.

“Allegations of horse trading are ridiculous. The legislators of Congress have revolted against the functioning of Rawat and his dictatorial attitude,” BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya told reporters here.

He also said the Congress leaders, who have revolted against the chief minister are not those who can be bought for money.

“Vijay Bahuguna is among the rebel Congress leaders. He was chief minister of the state. What does Congress want to say? Do they mean Vijay Bahuguna is salable (bikau maal),” he said.

Vijayvargiya also challenged Rawat to prove his majority if he claims so. “If voting could have taken place in assembly yesterday (Friday), he would have known his strength. I challenge him to prove his majority on any forum.”

He also said the anti defamation law against the rebel Congress leaders would not stand because the BJP had already moved a no confidence motion against the speaker.

Viyajvargiya also claimed to have the support of 35 legislators.”We have support of 35 MLAs and are waiting for the Governor’s response.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday criticised the BJP for what he described as “brazen horse trading” in Uttarakhand.

Saying the BJP is proving to be the most corrupt party, Kejriwal tweeted: “Brazen horse trading-first Arunachal now Uttarakhand. BJP proving to be most corrupt, deshdrohi and power hungry party.”

The Congress-led Uttarakhand government plunged into political uncertainty late Friday as nine of its legislators joined ranks with the principal opposition BJP.

The Harish Rawat-led government ended up with a red face as it got merely 32 votes in favour against the 36 required for the Finance Bill to be passed.

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