Uttarakhand floor test result: Harish Rawat wins majority, Centre to revoke President's rule

11 May 2016, 02:05 PM
Harish Rawat
Harish Rawat

Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has won the Assembly floor test. The Centre on Wednesday told the apex court that it will revoke the President’s rule in the state. The trust vote was held to ascertain whether Harish Rawat still enjoys a majority in the House. President’s Rule was imposed by the Centre in Uttarakhand on March 27.

The decision was taken after the Centre believed that nine Congress legislators rebelled thus leaving Rawat lose majority. The Supreme Court had earlier this week said that the nine rebel MLAs, who were disqualified, will not be allowed to vote in the floor test. Had they been allowed to vote, they might have voted against Rawat on Tuesday. 

Congress President Sonia Gandhi had on Tuesday called the floor test as a "victory for democracy". On Tuesday the President’s rule was lifted for two hours in the state and floor test was going on in the Uttarakhand Assembly. Soon after the floor test, Congress MLAs came out with flashing smiles.

Former chief minister Harish Rawat also showed confidence and V-sign on Tuesday, while Congress’s Rekha Arya cross-voted to BJP’s rescue. Addressing Congress leaders, Rawat had urged the Center to support Uttarakhand’s development.

First Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 12:12 PM
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