Nominated MLA takes oath

Dehra Dun: Ahead of the election of the Speaker and the trust vote in the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly, R V Gardner today took oath as a nominated member of the House giving much-needed boost to the ruling Congress party.

Pro-tem Speaker Shailendra Mohan Singhal administered the oath to him.

Gardner was also a nominated member during the then Congress regime between 2002 and 2007.

"We now have a strength of 40 in the House with Gardner taking oath," Union Minister Harish Rawat said.