In Uttarakhand, at least nine MLAs of the ruling Congress have joined hands with 26 BJP MLAs to revolt against their own Government. With this, the Harish Rawat led Government is running the risk of losing majority in the State Assembly.
The ruling government have 36 MLAs, 9 MLAs who joined up with the opposing BJP having 26 MLAs including the two MLAs, Ganesh Joshi, who has been arrested by police in connection with the attack on a police horse and Bhim Lal Arya, who was suspended.
“We have full majority. All our members are in tact. The figures being touted (about our government’s strengh being reduced) are totally wrong,” Rawat told reporters.
However, Chief Minister Harish Rawat claimed full majority and warned disciplinary action against the rebel Congress MLAs. He also warned the Congress MLAs not be ‘lured’ by the BJP MLAs.
“We have full majority. All our members are in tact. The figures being touted (about our government’s strength being reduced) are totally wrong,” he told media.
BJP leader Shyam Jaju said, “We have requested the Governor to immediately dismiss the government. We have 35 MLAs, 9 from Congress and 26 from BJP.”
According to Raj Bhavan sources, BJP staked claim to form the government with the support of the rebel Congress MLAs.