Dehradun: The Supreme Court on Wednesday will officially announce the result of the crucial floor test in the Uttarakhand Assembly.
Though, the apex court will officially declare the results today, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday admitted defeat after 33 legislators reportedly voted for former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat while the opposition mustered only 28 votes in a house whose strength had been reduced from 72 to 62.
As directed by the top court, the Assembly met for a short duration Tuesday morning for the floor test which was the culmination of a number of twists and turns after the Union Cabinet brought the state under Central rule on the ostensible ground that Congress leader Harish Rawat was indulging in horse-trading to retain power. Subsequently nine rebel Congress MLAs were disqualified.
The Assembly Speaker did not vote and nine Congress rebels legislators were not allowed to vote. Apparently, the sole nominated member also did not vote.
The Supreme Court monitored the voting and said it will announce the result on Wednesday. But within minutes after the floor test, the Congress sounded triumphant.
Tuesday's vote was called to prove whether or not Rawat enjoyed majority support after the defection by nine Congress legislators reduced his state government to a minority in the 72-member house.