Uttarakhand, May 10: The much anticipated floor test at the Uttarakhand assembly came to a close. The special session which began at 11 AM concluded in an hours time.
The Supreme Court had in its verdict stated that the results be submitted to the Bench in a sealed cover. The Supreme Court had also indicated that it would try and give the verdict before May 13.
BJP MLA hints at Rawat victory:
The BJP MLAs who came out of the House first said that they had performed better than expected.
However BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi also said that it appears that Rawat had won the floor test. He however accused the Congress of bribing 12 MLAs to vote in their favour.
Joshi also added that democracy has lost and money power had won. Harish Rawat after coming out of the assembly appeared confident.
Along with the rest of the MLAs he showed the victory sign as he stepped out of the assembly. He however said that the Supreme Court will deliver the verdict on the results.
He also said that he was eagerly waiting for the verdict of the Supreme Court tomorrow. Rawat also thanked the Supreme Court for facilitating the floor test.
The BJP's president in Uttarakhand, Ajay Bhatt after coming out of the house said that the party had fared better than expected. All our MLAs have voted for us he also said.
As it unfolded:
At 11 AM today, President's rule was suspended as per the directive of the Supreme Court. The President's rule will be in force at 1 AM today until the court declares the results.
There was only a single agenda in the assembly today and that was to conduct the floor test. The Members in Uttarakhand assembly asked to sit along side the party they support. Harish Rawat and his supporters seated on the treasury benches and the rest in the opposition benches.
Harish Rawat held meeting with all Congress MLAs ahead of the trust vote. A meeting with the 4 PDF MLAs too was held before he entered the legislative assembly. The results of the trust vote will be submitted to the Supreme Court by the observer tomorrow.