New Delhi : A day after the Supreme Court affixed its stamp of approval on his victory in a trust vote, Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat has ruled out a compromise with the nine rebels Congress MLAs who were barred from participating in the voting process.
Rawat who came to the capital to convey his gratitude to the Congress president Sonia Gandhi told reporters after meeting her that there was no question of having a compromise with the nine rebels. “They sat in the BJP’s lap. They went with the communal forces with whom there can be no compromise,” he said. It was the court”s decision to bar these nine rebels from voting that made sure that Rawat could sail through the trust. After the disqualification of the nine rebels, the effective strength of the Uttarakhand assembly had come down from 71 to 62 and the Congress won with a margin of five votes as the result stood at 33/28. In the context of his meeting with the Congress president, Rawat said: “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. Above all, on the 125th birth anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar, we were successful in raising the level of constitutional beliefs.”
Rawat said that he would also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, adding: “I am a chief minister and I will definitely meet the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister for the development of the state.