Uttarakhand Floor Test: PDF MLAs hold the key

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New Delhi, May 7: May 10 is a crucial day in Uttarakhand. There is hectic activity as the parties get ready for the floor test to be held on May 10 between 11 AM and 1 PM as per the orders of the Supreme Court of India.

The Congress has already whisked away 18 of its MLAs to a resort to protect them from horse trading.

Uttarakhand: PDF MLAs hold the key

For Harish Rawat the magic number of 32 and if he is able to attain this mark then he will be reinstated as the Chief Minister of the state.

Number game:
For Rawat to be reinstated he would need the support of 32 MLAs. The Congress has 27 MLAs while the BJP 28. Nine Congress MLAs had been disqualified and the Supreme Court had said yesterday that they would not be entitled to vote in the floor test.

This means that Rawat in order to be back as the CM would need the support of five more MLAs. All eyes would be on the 6 MLAs of the PDF apart from one nominated member who will be entitled to vote on May 10. Both the BJP and the Congress would depend heavily on these seven members.

Under the court's observation:

The floor test will be held under the eyes of a court appointed observer. The Attorney General had told the Supreme Court that the centre was fine with the floor test being held. He however said that the floor test must be held under the supervision of the court.

The Supreme Court in its order yesterday gave the go ahead for the floor test.

It however said that the nine disqualified MLAs will not be entitled to vote. It was the Supreme Court that had earlier suggested that a floor test be held at the Uttarakhand assembly. It had also sought an opinion from the Attorney General in this regard.

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