Congress's Harish Rawat wins Uttarakhand floor test

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The central government has informed the Supreme Court that the Harish Rawat-led Congress government has won the floor test in the state legislative assembly conducted on 10 May 2016 on the order of the Supreme Court and hence President's Rule will be revoked from the hill state soon.

In the floor test, Harish Rawat Government recieved 33 votes against 28 votes out of 61 qualified members who voted in the assembly. Considering the floor test the apex court  said Harish Rawat can take charge as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand after President’s rule is revoked in the state.

Today's result doesn't come as a complete surprise, as  BJP had already suffered a setback, earlier this week, when the Supreme Court maintained that nine rebel Congress MLAs who were disqualified will remain so and won't be allowed to vote in the floor test. If they would have been allowed to vote they might  have voted against Rawat and BJP would have won.

Uttarakhand political crisis

Uttarakhand plunged into a political crisis when nine Congress legislators, including former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna, went against the Chief Minister Harish Rawat in a debate on an Appropriation Bill on March 18 during the Budget Session of the Assembly. The conflict  brought government into minority in the 70-member state legislature.

The Centre then imposed President's Rule in Uttarakhand on March 27, saying Rawat lost his majority when the nine Congress legislators rebelled but  Harish Rawat had challenged the President Rule in the Uttarakhand High Court which in its April 21, 2016 order had quashed the President Rule. 

Later the Centre challenged High court's order in to the Supreme Court based on which Supreme Court on 5 May 2016 ordered to conduct of ‘composite floor test’ in the Uttarakhand legislative assembly based on its previous directives in the R. Bommai v. Union of India case.

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