A former Congress MLA has cautioned that Uttarakhand was going towards a “constitutional crisis” as BJP chief minister Tirath Singh Rawat – who made the oath in March this year and necessities to win an assembly seat by September 10 – can’t challenge bypolls according to law since assembly polls are not exactly a year away. Uttarakhand is set to go to polls in early months of 2022.
As per Nav Prabhat, who was transport minister in the Harish Rawat government, arrangements of segment 151A of the Representation of the People Act order that a bypoll can’t be held in a circumstance where just a year is left for state polls. “The state is heading towards a constitutional crisis. CM Tirath Singh Rawat’s six-month tenure ends on September 10, BJP will have no option but to name a new chief minister,” Prabhat told media.
He said that in one example in Punjab, the Supreme Court named the reappointment of a minister – who was not chosen inside a half year – as unconstitutional and invalid. Uttarakhand agriculture minister Subodh Uniyal, notwithstanding, affirmed that the Congress was attempting to deceive individuals through half-baked data.
Two assembly seats – Gangotri and Haldwani – are lying empty. Gangotri seat fell empty on April 22 after the death of Gopal Rawat while Congress MLA from Haldwani, Indira Hridayesh spent away this month. Tirath Rawat is probably going to challenge from Gangotri.