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Democracy has won: Rahul Gandhi on winning Uttarakhand trust vote

Uttarakhand crisis Updated: May 11, 2016 14:09 IST
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Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi at an election rally in Chennai on May 7,2016. (AFP)

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday expressed the hope Prime Minister Narendra Modi had “learnt his lesson that the people of India will not tolerate the murder of democracy”.

His comment came in reaction to the Supreme Court declaring that the Congress government had won the trust vote in Uttarakhand assembly, thereby clearing the decks for the reinstatement of Harish Rawat as the chief minister of the state.

Rahul Gandhi took to microblogging site Twitter, adding that “democracy had won in Uttarakhand”.

The announcement by Supreme Court 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 62. 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.