Following the Supreme Court’s order on the floor test in Uttarakhand assembly on May 10, former chief minister Harish Rawat has claimed that he has the “required numbers” to prove majority.
Rawat who skipped the party’s opposition march held in New Delhi on Friday said he salutes those who are supporting him.
“We welcome the court decision...I am confident of proving majority on the floor of the House as I have the required numbers,” he said shortly after the court pronounced the order.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on the other hand, said that a couple of legislators supporting the Congress will go by their “conscience voice” during the floor test.
State BJP president Ajay Bhatt averted the question on how many legislators the party has but said that it has “enough numbers”. “Some more (MLAs) will vote against the Congress on the voice of conscience as no one wants the corrupt Congress in Uttarakhand,” Bhatt told Hindustan Times.
The Supreme Court in its order has said the nine rebel Congress MLAs will not be able to participate in the floor test. Without the Congress rebels, the BJP is the single largest party with 28 legislators in the 70-member assembly.
The Congress has 27 MLAs while the BSP has two, the UKD one and four are independents.
The Congress is having a hard time to keep the BSP, UKD and independents on its side.
Sources say the BJP is in touch with three to four Congress MLAs, besides the party has also established links with the independents.
Though the saffron party president claimed he has not called any legislators over phone or met them, Bhatt said, “I have not approached anyone (legislator). I am sure about this for other BJP leaders as well.”
The former CM claimed that the BJP was making efforts to lure legislators from other parties as well. “The BJP has experts on poaching,” he said.
Ahead of the floor test, both the Congress and BJP camps have swung into action. BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and national spokesperson Anil Baluni reached the state capital on Friday noon and held meeting with the legislators.