President’s Rule revoked in Uttarakhand after Congress proves majority

  • ANI, Dehradun
  • Updated: May 11, 2016 23:48 IST
Congress leader Harish Rawat celebrates in Dehradun on Wednesday after the Supreme Court said that Rawat has won the trial of strength in the Uttarakhand assembly. (PTI Photo)

The Centre revoked President’s Rule in Uttarakhand on Wednesday after chief minister Harish Rawat proved his majority on the floor of the House.

The Congress won by a margin of 33-28 in the floor test on Tuesday.

With nine Congress rebels barred from voting, the strength of the 71-member assembly was 62. Sources said 28 MLAs voted for the BJP.

Rawat, in a very optimistic note, had said on Wednesday that the “dark clouds” over Uttarakhand would finally drift away after the Supreme Court’s formal announcement.

Rawat would chair a cabinet meeting on Thursday morning at the Uttarakhand secretariat.

Victory resounded for the Congress in the decisive Uttarakhand floor test as the Supreme Court earlier on Wednesday announced that the grand old party now has the majority in the state assembly.

The court said no irregularities were found in voting. The result of the trust vote was handed over to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover earlier on Wednesday with video recording of the proceedings in the state assembly.

The decision to revoke President’s Rule in Uttarakhand has created an atmosphere of jubilation in the state Congress camp. The party said it is a victory of democracy.

Harish Rawat welcomed the decision of revoking President’s Rule in Uttarakhand by the Centre.

Addressing a press conference, Rawat said the decision of the apex court generated confidence among the public in the judicial system of the country. He also said SC’s decision should not be viewed as a matter of victory or defeat.

Rawat said that the Centre’s assistance in development work of the state is essential and rejected the possibility of mid-term election in the state.

The Centre had imposed President’s Rule in the state on March 27, arguing that the Rawat government lost majority when nine rebel Congress MLAs voted against the state government’s annual budget.

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