As the Union Cabinet went into a huddle to consider the situation in Uttarakhand, Congress tonight insisted its government enjoys a majority in the state assembly and denounced attempts to pull down a "duly elected government" on the basis of a "farcical sting operation".
At an emergency press conference at Congress headquarters, party general secretary Ambika Soni came down hard on the Narendra Modi government and the BJP, accusing them of destabilizing the Harish Rawat dispensation in the state.
She said the BJP was desperate to dislodge the Congress government in Uttarakhand through imposition of President's rule despite there being no Constitutional crisis.
"What is happening is the last chapter in the drama after the rebels and the BJP failed to get any relief from the High Court," Soni told reporters.
This is a "mockery of democracy" when the democratic process has been set in motion and the Chief Minister is set to prove his majority on Monday, she said.
"Our worry is that Constitutional process started by the Governor was being interfered," she said, claiming the Harish Rawat government enjoyed a majority in the House which he was ready to prove on March 28.
Soni insisted the Speaker is fully empowered to look into the "defection situation" and no one can interfere in that.
During Congress leader also accused the BJP of trying to topple governments in small states which do not have resources to fight the Centre.