9 Rebel Cong Lawmakers Disqualified On Uttarakhand Crisis

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Dehradun: Nine Congress legislators from Uttarakhand who had rebelled against Chief Minister Harish Rawat were disqualified late on Saturday while Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in the state.

The nine legislators were disqualified by Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal, who met the Chief Minister at his residence late night, for “indulging in anti-party activities”. The BJP called the disqualification of the legislators “unconstitutional”.

The dramatic order came just as an emergency meeting, called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take stock of the situation in Uttarakhand, concluded in New Delhi.

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Uttarakhand governor KK Paul sent a report to the Centre on the crisis in the state, saying the political situation was “very volatile”. Prohibitory orders have been issued across the state.

The Congress said Uttarakhand was “next on BJP’s list” after Arunachal Pradesh. “This government wants to harm the democratic nature of the country’s government,” Congress leader Ambika Soni said.