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Uttarakhand Floor Test: Harish Rawat wins the Test with 33 votes in favour

The Supreme Court on 5 May 2016 had ordered the conduct of ‘composite floor test’ in the Uttarakhand legislative assembly on the lines of 2005 Jharkhand floor test.

May 11, 2016 12:45 IST
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In the Uttarakhand floor test conducted on 11 May 2016 in the legislative assembly, the Harish Rawat-led government got the majority.

In the voting held on the order of honourable Supreme Court, Harish Rawat got 33 votes against 28 votes out of 61 qualified members who voted in the assembly.

Following the result, the SC said that Harish Rawat can take charge as the Chief Minister of the State after the Union informed the SC that it will revoke the President rule in the State.

Background

Uttarakhand plunged into a political crisis after nine Congress legislators of the state including former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna revolted against the Chief Minister Harish Rawat and turned to the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for support.

Following which the President Rule under Article 356 was imposed in Uttarakhand on 27 March 2016 by the President Pranab Mukherjee on the recommendation of the Union Cabinet.

However, this was challenged by Harish Rawat in the Uttarakhand High Court which in its April 21 order quashed the President Rule in the State.

This was followed by ordering of conduct of ‘composite floor test’ in the Uttarakhand legislative assembly by the Supreme Court on 5 May 2016 on the lines of 2005 Jharkhand floor test.

The apex court on 9 March 2005 had passed the order for Jharkhand Assembly on the line of earlier order for a composite floor test in Uttar Pradesh in 1998.

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