Hundreds of jubilant Congress leaders and workers in Dehradun congratulated each other and broke into song and dance minutes after the conclusion of the crucial trust vote in the Uttarakhand assembly on Tuesday.
The Congress claimed victory though the final results will be declared only on Wednesday by the Supreme Court.
The top court – which ordered the floor test to end the nearly two-month-long impasse in the hill state – will take the final call after watching the video of the voting and examining the report of its observer Jaidev Singh. He is likely to submit the report to the court on Wednesday.
Sources said the Congress managed 34 votes, two more than the 32 required in a house with an effective strength of 62.
Congress leaders were seen saying ‘badhai ho’ or congratulations to each other as party workers from all the 13 districts of the state gathered at the Rajiv Bhawan, the state headquarters in the heart of Dehradun, on a hot May day. Women workers sang and shouted slogans like “Congress Zindabad”.
“Aap thoda rukiye, aaj yahan bhari jashn hoga (Wait a while, there would be a big celebration here),” a confident Hazi Mohammad Akram, chairperson of Ramnagar municipal board in Nainital district, said.
Rajani Rawat, a noted transgender leader of the Congress, was working on a plan to organise celebrations with members of the party’s women’s wing. “We will sing and dance... The rebels have got what they deserved,” she told Hindustan Times.
Senior party leader Suryakant Dhasmana said, “Yahan Holi, Diwali dono manegi aaj (Party members will celebrate Holi and Diwali together today).”
The workers broke into a loud cheer when Jot Singh Bisht, state Congress vice-president, announced that Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati announced support to their party.
“It’s the victory of not just Congress, but also of truth and constitutional legacy,” senior Congress corporator Jagdish Dhaman said.