Congress claims victory, SC will declare Uttarakkand Floor test result
Floor test over in Uttarakkand, results will be announced by the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court will announce the result of the floor test held in Uttarakkand Assembly today. After the voting the ballots were sent to Supreme Court in a sealed cover.
Congress claimed victory saying that it got 34 votes. President's rule was lifted for few hours for trust vote.
The voting was held under tight security.
BSP leader Mayawati had said her party will support the Congress in the floor test. This is expected to help Harish Rawat to help win the floor test. BSP has two MLAs in the assembly
Ahead of the floor test chief minister Harish Rawat has said that the people of Uttarakkand will win in today's floor test. Congress booked its legislators in resorts in Mussoorie, saying it was afraid the BJP might poach them.
At present, the BJP has 28 MLAs, the Congress has 27, the BSP has two, there are three independent MLAs and one legislator of the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (P).
Congress enjoys the support of six MLAs of the Progressive Democratic Front (PDF) Nine MLAs are Congress rebels and one is a BJP rebel.
Supreme court yesterday in its judgment through its order prevented , the nine rebel congress legislative members in the Uttarakhand assembly, from voting in the floor test. A plea filed by the rebel MLAs, challenging their disqualification by the Assembly speaker,had been dismissed by the High Court of Uttarakhand earlier today. The Supreme court has therefore endorsed the verdict of the High court after the MLAs submitted an appeal seeking to vote during the floor test .
The Supreme court ruling thus gives advantage to Harish Rawat government to win the floor test. The Congress party has welcomed the SC ruling, saying that it is a great relief for the party.
"I would like to thank the supreme court for the verdict," said Harish Rawat at a press meet. Rawat's party workers are gathered at his house to celebrate, what they termed as legal victory.
"We should be allowed to serve the people. BJP should give up the politics of defection," Rawat added.