Uttarakhand Assembly: Congress claims victory of 'trust' with 34 votes

| Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 14:05
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U'khand Assembly: Congress wins trust vote
Uttarakhand: In the crucial floor test in the Uttarakhand Assembly, Congress claimed victory securing 34 votes on Monday while BJP bagged 28 votes. The official results would be declared tomorrow i.e. Wednesday. 
In India’s constitutional history, the courts have never had to step in on the functioning of a legislature. It was, hence, an unprecedented vote in the sense it was being directly supervised by the Supreme Court.
The Uttarakhand Assembly has 70 members, out of which 27 belongs to the Congress, excluding the nine rebels. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has 28 members, while there are six from other parties.
The rebel MLAs were not be allowed to participate in the floor test. The Supreme Court rejected their pleas yesterday after they moved the apex court against the Uttarakhand High Court's decision dismissing their petition against the disqualification.
The apex court had earlier said the voting will be overseen by Principal Secretary (Legislative Assembly and Parliamentary Affairs) in the state.
The court allowed the Centre's plea to modify its earlier order in which the designation of the officer was stated as Principal Secretary (Legislative Assembly). The Assembly was out of bounds for media and all legislators and officials have been barred from carrying mobile phones to the House.
Uttarakhand had plunged into a political crisis when nine Congress legislators, including former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna, revolted against their own government during a debate over an Appropriation bill on March 18 during the Budget Session of the Assembly.
Thereafter, the Speaker had disqualified all nine congress rebels under Anti-Defection law, hours after the President's rule was imposed in the state on March 27.
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