Sting shows ousted Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat has lost faith in his MLAs: BJP

New Delhi, May 8 - Reacting to the latest sting video which allegedly shows a Congress legislator talking of bribe to at least a dozen party MLAs to keep them on ousted Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat's side, the BJP today charged Mr Rawat with ‘murder of democracy’. Addressing a news conference here, senior BJP leader Bhagat Singh Koshiyari said,''Mr Harish Rawat has charged the BJP with horse trading but he himself is involved in horse trading. The fresh sting, comes close on the heels of an earlier sting featuring the Uttarakhand Chief Minister. ''This is a murder of democracy, a violation of the Constitution and an insult of the ‘Dev Bhoomi ‘ of Uttarakhand.’’ Claiming that the Harish Rawat government in Uttarakhand was on its last legs, Mr Koshiyari said, ''the fresh sting makes it clear that Mr Rawat has lost faith in his own party MLAs. ''Mr Rawat knows that neither did he have the majority in March 18 not does he have it now.’’ He demanded that the new sting be thoroughly investigated and those involved in horse trading be meted strict punishment. Dismissing a charge by the ousted Chief Minister that the Centre was misusing the investigating agencies to topple his Government, Mr Koshiyari said, ''Mr Rawat is making such a statement out of frustration. His statement that his phone is being tapped and his MLAs were being threatened shows his frustration and that he has lost his majority in the assembly.'' Even as the stage is set for a floor test in the state assembly on May 10 as per the orders of the Supreme Court, a new sting operation allegedly showing a Congress legislator talking of bribe to at least a dozen party MLAs to keep them on Mr Rawat's side has surfaced in the media. The sting, done by a news channel that earlier released a video clip allegedly showing Mr Rawat in horse-trading, allegedly reveals Congress MLA Madan Singh admitting to payment of Rs 25 lakh each to 12 legislators.

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