The crucial floor test to ascertain whether sacked chief minister Harish Rawat has the majority in the Uttarakhand Assembly has been concluded. The Supreme Court To receive result in sealed cover on wednesday.
It is a crucial day in Uttarakhand as Supreme Court-monitored floor test will take place in the Assembly. Ahead of the confidence vote, it brings a big relief for former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat when the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the petition of the nine Congress MLAs challenging their disqualification from the State Assembly.
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After excluding the nine disqualified MLAs, the Assembly has an effective strength of 61 members now. Congress has 27 MLAs on its own and claims the backing of six-member PDF to make the ruling side's figure of 33. And Rawat needs the backing of 31 MLAs for a simple majority.
Currently, the BJP has 28 MLAs also including Bhim Lal Arya whose loyalty is in doubt.
Now as nine rebels are disqualified, any side would need a majority of 32 to win the trust vote.
During the crucial floor test, Uttarakhand Assembly will be out of bounds for the media and all legislators and officials will be barred from carrying mobile phones to the House.
No vehicles will be allowed to enter the Assembly premises and all MLAs, including the Speaker, will have to walk down to the House from the main gate.
These decisions were taken at a meeting chaired by the Assembly Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal to review the security arrangements ahead of the floor test. Uttarakhand DGP M A Ganpati along with senior police and civil officials also attended the meeting.
"All directions of the Supreme Court for keeping the exercise of trust vote peaceful and secure will be followed so that the MLAs can vote freely," Kunjwal said.
"No MLA, official or worker will be allowed to bring their cell phones to the Assembly and entry of media persons has also been completely prohibited during the process," he said.
The Supreme Court on Friday ordered a floor test on Tuesday in the Uttarakhand Assembly when sacked Chief Minister Harish Rawat will seek a vote of confidence in which the nine rebel Congress MLAs cannot participate if they continue to remain disqualified at the time of voting.