New Delhi: With Harish Rawat officially declared winner of Tuesday's trust vote in the Uttarakhand Assembly, the Congress is set to retain power in the tiny hill state. The Centre on Wednesday informed the apex court that it will revoke the President's Rule imposed in the state on March 27 in the backdrop of Rawat proving his majority in the 70-member assembly.
The development holds big political significance for two top political parties - BJP and Congress - which were involved in a fierce showdown over wresting control of Uttarakhand. Here is what it holds for both parties.
-The Congress will return to power in Uttarakhand with the Centre admitting before the Supreme Court that Harish Rawat had won a trust vote held yesterday.
-The President's Rule will now be lifted ending several weeks of political impasse in Uttarakhand.
-Harish Rawat, who is under scanner over alleged bribery allegations and horse-trading of MLAs, will return as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.
-Rawat's victory has surely come as a major embarrassment for ruling BJP at the Centre, which is likely to face the Opposition ire on the issue in the upcoming sessions of Parliament.
-The faulty decision of imposing President's Rule in Uttarakhand will make PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah more vulnerable to Congress-led Opposition attack on them.
-The return of Congress in Uttarakhand is likely to become a major issue in the ongoing assembly polls in several states.
-The Congress-led Opposition is likely to raise Uttarakhand issue to win public sympathy in poll-bound states.
-Congress' return in Uttarakhand will also cement Harish Rawat and state in-charge of the party Ambika Soni's position in the party line up.
-Congress party's victory in Uttarakhand may further unite the non-BJP front to come together to defeat PM Modi in 2019 polls.