Announcing this at a press conference here today, Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly and BJP MLA from Ranikhet Ajay Bhatt said close on the heels of refusing to meet a BJP delegation comprising senior leaders, Rawat recently refused to listen to the wife and son of jailed BJP MLA from Gadarpur Arvind Pandey when they had gone to meet him to seek justice.
    
Accusing the Chief Minister of not only refusing to meet the family of the jailed MLA but also getting the mother-son duo booked for alleged breach of peace, Bhatt said the action confirmed the state government's growing arrogance and disregard for democratic norms.
    
"Our Gadarpur MLA has been framed in a case of alleged assault on a state government official and his family had gone to see the CM just to demand that a high-level probe be ordered into it so that the truth comes out but they were not just turned away but also booked for breach of peace. It seems power has gone into the CM's head and he has lost all consideration for democratic values," Bhatt said.

Pandey was recently put behind bars for allegedly assaulting a state government official on duty in his constituency.

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