Updated: May 10, 2016 12:44:34 pm
The Supreme Court-monitored floor test of the Uttarakhand Assembly concluded on Tuesday and the result will be submitted to to the apex court in a sealed envelope on Wednesday, following which the result will be declared.
“Clouds of uncertainty over state will disappear and things will become clearer tomorrow,” ousted Chief Minister Harish Rawat said, speaking to reporters post the floor test.
All the legislators, excluding of course the nine disqualified ones, were in the House.
Principal Secretary (legislative and parliamentary affairs) in the state Jaidev Singh, who was overseeing the floor test, was the first to come in, at about 8.15 am. He was followed by a retinue of police officers and bureaucrats as well as Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal.
Rawat arrived at around 10 am, an hour before the floor test was to begin. Sporting a tilak, a confident Rawat stood at the gate, welcoming his MLAs.
Rebel BJP MLA Bhim Lal Arya arrived a bit later, amidst speculation that he would throw his lot with the Congress. BSP MLAs Haridas and Sarvar Karim Ansari caused a near stampede when they arrived. The BSP MLAs, who had supported the Congress, had been the focus of all calculations in the last few weeks.
Congress MLA Rekha Arya, who had distanced herself from the party in recent days, arrived with BJP state chief Ajay Bhatt, confirming all speculations.
The Congress is confident of getting the numbers. Including the nominated member and minus the nine disqualified Congress MLAs, the strength of the Uttarakhand Assembly stands at 62. To win, any party has to have the support of 31 MLAs. The Congress has 27 MLAs, including the Speaker, but the Speaker’s vote is counted only if there is a tie.
Not counting his vote and that of their MLA Rekha Arya, their number is 25. They will have the support of nominated member RV Gardener and with BSP chief Mayawati announcing her support for Rawat and the likely support of the four members of the Progressive Democratic Front as well as BJP rebel Bhim Lal Arya, they should manage to get the support of 33 legislators.
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