Dehradun: Rebel Congress leader Vijay Bhauguna mocked former chief minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat over attending a rally organised on the occasion of Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna's Jayanti and said that the ousted state chief should practice the late leader's ideals.
Bahuguna told ANI that H.N. Bhauguna would never have behaved in an unconstitutional manner the way Rawat-led had conducted itself in the recent past.
"Those who respect Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna I would like to express my gratitude towards them, the thing here to see is that are we following his beliefs? If he would have been the Chief Minister and finance bill proposed by his party would have failed in the house, he would have straight gone to the Governor's residence. The Parliamentary procedure has been out rightly ridiculed in the recent past in Uttarakhand," said Vijay Bhuguna.
"The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand did not step down from his position, rather in partnership with the speaker made sure that people get disqualified before time," he added.
Rawat further vouched for fresh elections and expressed hope that the Supreme Court will not dissolve the President rule.
"The common man here is fully aware and I believe fresh elections should take place. The president rule was imposed rightly in the state. I am sure the Supreme Court will not dissolve thePresident rule," said Bahuguna.
On Friday, the apex court admitted the Centre's challenge to the Uttarakhand High Court's decision and restored President's rule over the state for the simple and technical reason that the April 21 high court ruling issued by Uttarakhand Chief Justice K.M. Joseph had not been "made available in the public domain".
The apex court ruled that the High Court's judgement would "remain in abeyance" till April 27, the next date of hearing.
It also issued directions to the high court to release the signed judgement by April 26 to all parties involved in the case, who will subsequently file copies before the apex court on April 27.
The Supreme Court also received an oral undertaking from Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that the Centre would not revoke president's rule in Uttarakhand till April 27 and try to impose a BJP regime in the state.