The Supreme Court announced on 11 May that the Congress is all set to return to power in Uttarakhand after the Centre said that Harish Rawat had won the trust vote on 10 May.
A miffed Centre informed the court that the President’s Rule, which was used in 27 March to remove Rawat, will be lifted.
The Congress won the trust vote by 33 votes, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could get 28 in the 71-member House which was reduced to 62 after the SC barred nine rebel Congress MLAs from taking part in the motion of confidence.
The Assembly’s strength came down to 61 as Speaker GS Kunjwal could have voted only in case of a tie.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who represented the Centre, said, “There is no doubt that Harish Rawat has proved majority in the Uttarakhand Assembly.” The development paves the way for Rawat’s return as chief minister of Uttarakhand.
An elated Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi attacked PM Narendra Modi. In a tweet, Gandhi said, “They did their worst. We did our best. Democracy won in Uttarakhand!”