Harish Rawat back as Uttarakhand Chief Minister

NEW DELHI(PTI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday declared deposed Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat as the winner of the floor test in the Assembly.

Ousted Chief Minister Harish Rawat at the Congress office in Dehradun after the end of the crucial Uttarakhand Assembly floor test on Tuesday.

Mr. Rawat got 33 votes out of 61 in the floor test and he will assume office as Chief Minister after President’s rule is revoked, the court said, allowing the Centre to revoke forthwith the order of proclamation of President’s rule.

No irregularities were found in the voting and nine MLAs could not vote due to their disqualification, the court noted.

Earlier, Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi told the court that the Centre “will revoke President’s rule in Uttarakhand”. “There is no doubt that Harish Rawat has proved majority. My instructions are that the Centre will revoke the President’s rule.”

The floor test was held under the supervision of Principal Secretary, Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Jaidev Singh.

The result was presented to the apex court in a sealed cover.