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Uttarakhand crisis: Harish Rawat welcomes SC order on floor test

Uttarakhand BJP chief Ajay Bhatt said it was ironic that the former CM should accuse them of luring MLAs.

Written by Devyani Onial | Dehradun |
May 7, 2016 4:39:19 am
harish rawat, uttarakhand crisis, uttarakhand floor test, uttarakhand govt, uttarakhand new government, uttarakhand news, india news, latest news Former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat addressing press at his house in Dehradun. (Source: PTI/File)

Former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat has welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision ordering a floor test in the state assembly on May 10.

“We welcome the SC’s decision to hold the floor test. We are confident of winning a majority, our MLAs are with us and the PDF’s support is with us,” he said.

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“In fact, the BJP should be asked how they are confident of proving their majority when they have only 28 MLAs. Mujhe nahi pata woh kaun si ganith ke saath kaam kar rahe hain (I don’t know what arithmetic they are working with) unless they are planning to engineer a defection and that is a crime. Their claim only proves our allegation that they are luring MLAs. They have offered Rs 50 crore to an MLA, the number is just mind-boggling,” Rawat told The Indian Express.

Uttarakhand BJP chief Ajay Bhatt said it was ironic that the former CM should accuse them of luring MLAs. “The sting operation showed Rawat indulging in such activities… We always wanted a floor test. The Rawat government was in a minority then and it will be in a minority on May 10,” he said.

The 28 BJP legislators include Bhim Lal Arya, who has been suspended by the party. “We suspended him but technically he is still our MLA. Anyway, we are not bothered much about which way he votes,” said Bhatt. “I cannot say much about our strategy except to say it will be a winning strategy. Earlier too, nine MLAs heard the voice of our ‘antar atma’ and came out. Now others will hear it too, and heed it.”

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