Published On: Mon, May 9th, 2016

Rebel MLAs pin hope on Supreme Court after U’khand High Court dismisses plea

New Delhi: Pinning hope on the Supreme Court, rebel Congress MLA Vijay Bahuguna on Monday said the Congress Party has strength of 27, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has that of 28, so there is no way a permanent government could be formed on marginal votes.

Rebel Congress MLAs leader Vijay Bahuguna demanded to dissolve the Legislative Assembly.

Rebel Congress MLAs leader Vijay Bahuguna demanded to dissolve the Legislative Assembly.

“I want the Legislative Assembly to be dissolved. If nine of us are not there, then there is strength of 62. BJP is 28 and the Congress is 27. So how will a permanent government be formed on 2-4 margin votes? There should be election and a new government should come,” Bahuguna told ANI.

Commenting on the sting video conducted on former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat, Bahuguna said the rebel MLAs had created a distance from Rawat and had taken steps against the government because they were fed up with his way of working.

Echoing similar sentiments, another rebel MLA Bhagat Singh Koshyari asked who would want to stay in such a party where the chief minister bribes the MLAs.

The nine rebel Congress MLAs have approached the Supreme Court for an urgent hearing against the Uttarakhand High Court’s order dismissing their plea which challenged their disqualification.

The apex court is likely to hear their plea today at 2 p.m.

Earlier today, in a major boost to the Congress Party ahead of the floor test in the Uttarakhand Assembly, the Nainital High Court dismissed the petition by the nine rebel MLAs seeking to vote in the confidence motion.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Uttarakhand Assembly Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal and senior advocate Amit Sibal, counsel for Congress Chief Whip Indira Hridayesh, concluded their arguments, stressing on the legitimacy of the disqualification.

The nine Congress MLAs had stood against their party on March 18 and supported the BJP by asking for a division of votes on the Appropriation Bill.

Meanwhile, the Centre has also moved the Supreme Court seeking modification of its earlier order over Uttarakhand crisis.

The Centre demands that Principle Secretary of Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs should be made observer for floor test proceedings.

Earlier, the apex court had said the disqualified MLAs would not be able to cast their vote as long as their disqualification remained.

The floor test is scheduled to take place tomorrow.

Excluding the nine disqualified Congress ‘rebel’ MLAs, the floor test will involve 27 Congress MLAs, 28 BJP MLAs, six PDF members and one nominated member.

The total members to vote being 62, Rawat will need 32 votes to be reinstated as the chief minister of Uttarakhand.


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