More than half dozen ex-MLAs and other ministers of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party took
The Congress-BJP and the Centre-Uttarakhand tussle after 9 Congress MLAs including former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna turned rebel leading the Centre to impose President’s Rule since March 27, is expected to be over by Wednesday. The floor test to ascertain whether sacked chief minister Harish Rawat has majority support in Uttarakhand Assembly got over on Tuesday morning. The results of the floor test would be submitted in the Supreme Court, which is likely to be make it public on Wednesday.
Despite the mystery over the floor test to continue until apex court makes the results public, sources said that it was most likely that the shunted out chief minister Harish Rawat was able to gather more votes than the BJP.
“Though I cannot comment on the House proceeding today, the cloud of uncertainty hovering over Uttarakhand will disappear tomorrow,” Rawat after voting in Assembly said.
President’s rule was lifted for the duration of the floor test, which was from 11 am to 1 pm on Tuesday. What has strengthen the chances of Rawat was announcement of BSP chief Mayawati minutes before floor test begun that her party would support the Congress during the trust vote. BSP, in Uttarakhand, is a part of the six-member Progressive Democratic Front (PDF) that had supported the Congress government.
House proceedings on Tuesday were kept out of bounds for the media and none other than those authorised were allowed to witness the floor test. However, the proceeding was recorded.
However, hints thrown by the a few MLAs after the house proceeding indicated that Congress was in advantageous position. BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi said that
BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi said, “BJP has won in principal but might have been short in the number game.”
“33 MLAs who were supporting Congress have caste their votes. Want to thank PDF, BSP and UKD,” Senior Congress leader Indira Hridyesh said after floor test.