In a major boost for the Congress in Uttarakhand, the Supreme Court has also rejected the appeal of nine rebel MLAs to allow them participate in the floor test to be held tomorrow in the state Assembly.
Going by the equations, Harish Rawat will have a tough task to win the confidence vote, according to political observer. But if he wins, it would be a slap on the face of the Centre for recommending President’s Rule in the state.
Excluding the nine disqualified Congress rebel MLAs, the floor test will involve 27 Congress MLAs, 28 BJP MLAs, six PDF members and one nominated member. The total members to vote being 62, deposed Mr Rawat will need 32 votes to be reinstated as the State’s chief minister.
The six PDF MLAs hold the key in the voting. The Congress and BJP should keep a tab on the movements of their MLAs and they will have to keep their flock together.
Reports of horse-trading have already been there. Visuals of some MLAs allegedly taking bribes were on air.