As it happened: SC says Harish Rawat can take charge as Uttarakhand CM

  • Bhadra Sinha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 11, 2016 14:13 IST
(HT Graphic)

The Congress government has won Tuesday’s trust vote in the Uttarakhand assembly, the Supreme Court declared on Wednesday, clearing the decks for the reinstatement of Harish Rawat as the chief minister of the hill state.

The top court’s announcement came after a bench examined the report of its observer.

Highlights of the day’s events related to Uttarakhand-

- Harish Rawat said in a press conference in Dehradun, “Judiciary has come forth as an educator of the Constitution, I want to thank the Supreme Court and the high court.

- After my cabinet is restored, I will meet Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to thank them for their unconditional support.

- I will also meet Prime Minister Modi and finance minister Arun jaitley and will tell them that Uttarakhand needs their support.

- Congress leader Ahmed Patel said, “Uttarakhand has taught BJP a bitter lesson. No matter how hard they try they can neither intimidate Congress or subvert democracy

-- Ahmed Patel said, “Even after trying every trick in book to topple Opposition states,Modi Sarkar has been brought to its knees.Its a victory of democracy.”


- Union minister Venkaiah Naidu said, “We have decided to recommend revocation of President’s rule in Uttarakhand.


- Mukesh Giri, Special Counsel to Uttarakhand Speaker, said, “Court has asked Centre to place on record order of revoking the proclamation of President’s rule.

12:30pm: KC Kaushik, appearing for Harish Rawat in SC, said:

- Court dictated the order, 33 votes in favour of Harish Rawat and 28 against him.

- The Attorney General has told SC that they are likely to complete proceedings to revoke President’s rule in Uttarakhand today.

- Matter will be taken up day after tomorrow for placing the record.


- Supreme Court says on Uttarakhand floor test: ‘No irregularities in carrying out of the trust vote and voting pattern’

- Rahul Gandhi said, “Hope Modiji learns his lesson, people of this country and institutions built by our founding fathers will not tolerate murder of democracy.”

- “They did their worst. We did our best. Democracy won in Uttarakhand.”

- The Supreme Court is told the floor test in Uttarakhand was peaceful and without any irregularity.

12: 18pm:
- Harish Rawat got 33 votes out of 61 qualified members.


- Order of revocation of President’s rule will be placed before Supreme Court on Friday.

- Supreme Court says Harish Rawat can take charge as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.

- Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi says from news reports Rawat has emerged as the winner and therefore th nxt step is for him to form the government.

- We will revoke President’s rule in Uttarakhand, Centre tells SC

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The announcement was on expected lines as both the Congress and BJP leaders had said on Tuesday that said Rawat managed 33 votes, two more than the 31 required in a House with an effective strength of 61. The BJP managed 28 votes, the same number of MLAs it has in the assembly.

The apex court ordered the floor test to end the nearly two-month-long impasse in the hill state, triggered by nine Congress rebels sided with the BJP during a debate over the state budget in March.

After several rounds of appeals and counter-appeals in courts, the nine were barred by the Supreme Court from voting in Tuesday’s floor test.

The result of the floor test was submitted to the apex court in a sealed envelope on Tuesday.

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  • March 18: Rebel Congress legislatures and BJP join hands, demand division of votes on Appropriation Bill. Both move to Raj Bhawan
  • March 19: Rebel Harak Singh Rawat sacked from Harish Rawat’s cabinet, Speaker issues notice ask rebels to submit reply by Mar 26; Governor ask Rawat to seek floor test on March 28
  • March 19-20: Rebels and BJP move to New Delhi
  • March 21: BJP march towards President’s house, complaints about constitutional crisis
  • March 26: A secret video released, shows the former CM Rawat dealing for rebels. Union cabinet meets the same day, recommends imposition of President’s Rule in state
  • March 27: President approves Central rule. BJP, rebels welcome the move; Congress fumes. Speaker disqualifies nine rebel Congress MLAs
  • March 29: Congress moves HC against Prez Rule, single bench of HC asks for a floor test
  • March 30: Double bench of HC stays the single bench order. Asks Congress and Union govt to reply
  • April 4: Union govt files counter affidavit, gives reason behind imposition of Prez Rule
  • April 5: HC refuses to stay disqualification of nine rebels and posts the matter for April 23
  • April 21: HC revokes Prez rule after Centre fails to commit that it will not revoke its rule for a week, Centre decides to challenge the HC order in the Supreme Court. Rawat suo moto assumes CM’s office
  • April 22: The Supreme Court stays the HC ruling revoking Prez rule
  • May 6: SC orders a floor test in the state assembly on May 10
  • May 9: SC bars rebel MLAs from voting in the Uttarakhand floor test
  • May 10: Congress claims victory in Uttarakhand after a tight trust vote in the assembly; SC to declare official result on Wednesday
  • May 11: SC declares the Congress government has won floor test in Uttarakhand assembly

The nine rebel MLAs are Vijay Bahuguna, Harak Singh Rawat, Kunwar Pranav Singh ‘Champion’, Shaila Rani Rawat, Umesh Sharma ‘Kau’, Shailendra Mohan Singhal, Amrita Rawat, Subodh Uniyal and Pradeep Batra.

They were disqualified from participating in the floor test which took place on Tuesday.

Read more about them here.


The law was added to the Constitution as the tenth schedule by the 52nd amendment during Rajiv Gandhi’s tenure in 1985 and it aimed to check the ‘Aya Ram, Gaya Ram’ (frequent defection by legislators) phenomenon in Indian politics.

Read more about disqualification, expulsion and splits and mergers under the anti-defection law here.

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