Uttarakhand: A battle of prestige for BJP after Supreme Court put stay on high court's order
Polls are due in 2017 but BJP maintain that now party may have to gear up for polls earlier in case numbers in assembly do not add up.
NEW DELHI/DEHRADUN: Following his restoration as the chief minister of Uttarakhand, which was short-lived, Harish Rawat spend every moment to score political points against the BJP in the state.
In his stint that lasted less than 24 hours, Rawat held two Cabinet meetings and remained personally in touch with all MLAs who support him. Besides, he ensured easy access to all party workers who reached his temporary residence, the Bijapur Guest House, since Thursday evening. All decisions he took seemed to be with early elections in mind.
Rawat’s combative return has made BJP’s protracted battle with the Congress a prestige issue for the saffron party, which is determined to either form a government or continue with President’s rule till fresh elections are held.
After the Supreme Court stay on the Uttarakhand high court order gave a breather to the BJP, senior party leaders ET talked to said they will now engage in strategising to clinch the April 29 floor test in the assembly if it takes place.
However, with the matter in court, it is difficult to predict how events would unfold. “It is a prestige issue for the BJP now.
We cannot allow Harish Rawat to become chief minister. Either we will form a government or there will be President’s rule till elections are held,” a senior BJP leader said. Elections are due in Uttarakhand in early 2017 but BJP leaders maintain that now the party may have to gear up for polls earlier in case the numbers in the assembly do not add up.