BJP cries foul, says rape charges against Harak Singh Rawat a conspiracy


It’s usually the non-BJP parties that have been claiming alleging of being victimised by the central government’s agencies particularly after Narendra Modi won a historic mandate in 2014. But on Saturday, the ruling party surprised everyone by claiming that the rape charges against its leader Harak Singh Rawat was a result of a conspiracy.

According to a PTI report, BJP on Saturday said that his vocal style of politics may have prompted his adversaries to lodge a case against the former minister, now disqualified as an MLA.

Harak Singh Rawat

Rawat along with other eight MLAs had revolted against his own government in Uttarakhand in May. The rebel MLAs later joined the BJP but were later disqualified as legislators under anti-defection law.

Uttarakhand BJP spokesman Munna Singh Chauhan told PTI.”Though we don’t have details of the case yet, police should be allowed to investigate the case and law take its course. But the possibility of a conspiracy behind this cannot be ruled out.

“Earlier also similar complaints involving women have been lodged against him but in each case he either got a clean chit or the complainant later withdrew.”

“Harak Singhji has an extremely vocal style of politics due to which he is constantly in the limelight. This may have made his political adversaries come up with a made-up case against him,” he said.

A rape case was lodged against the former Rudraprayag MLA at Delhi’s Safdarjung police station on Friday. Similar cases have been lodged against him in the past.

While in a 2003 case he got a clean chit from CBI, in 2014 a case of molestation was lodged against him wherein the woman had subsequently withdrawn her complaint.

Harak Singh was among the nine Congress MLAs who had revolted against the Rawat government in the state Assembly on March 18.

He is now with BJP along with the rest of the rebel MLAs.