Harish Rawat can take charge as Uttarakhand CM, says Supreme Court

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Harish Rawat is greeted as he takes charge as Union Minister of Water Resources in New Delhi on Tuesday.Express photo by Renuka Puri

The Congress government has won Tuesday’s trust vote in the Uttarakhand assembly, the Supreme Court declared on Wednesday, clearing the decks for the reinstatement of Harish Rawat as the chief minister of the hill state.

The results were handed over to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover Wednesday morning. Harish Rawat got 33 votes out of 61 qualified members..

On Tuesday, the Congress claimed victory, saying they had the numbers to win the trust vote and they claimed their victory would be an end to the Centre’s attempts at destabilising Congress-ruled states.

In the voting on Tuesday, the Harish Rawat-led Congress got the support of BSP MLAs.

Congress MLA Rekha Arya who had distanced herself from the party in recent days reportedly voted in favour of the BJP, after she was seen arriving with BJP state chief Ajay Bhatt.

Highlights of the Supreme Court related to Uttarakhand-

  • The Supreme Court is told the floor test in Uttarakhand was peaceful and without any irregularity.
  • Order of revocation of President’s rule will be placed before Supreme Court on Friday.
  • Court says Harish Rawat can take charge as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.