President’s Rule Imposed In Uttarakhand

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Dehradun: President’s rule has been imposed in Uttarakhand following the constitutional crisis in the state after the state assembly speaker reportedly disqualified 9 rebel Congress legislators on Saturday.

The reported decision of Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal to disqualify the nine legislators from Congress who have revolted against Rawat and joined hands with BJP, would reduce the effective strength of the 70-member assembly to 61.

Rawat would then have 27 Congress MLAs, besides six supporters giving him a strength of 33 which should see him sail through the test vote.

However, an unknown factor in the situation is what the Modi government at the Centre does before the confidence vote.

It has secured the report from state Governor K K Paul on the latest situation in the state triggered by the revolt of the MLAs on March 18.

The rebel Congress MLAs on Saturday alleged that they were offered bribe by the Chief Minister for support during the floor test and released a video of a “sting” operation purportedly showing the CM, who called it “fake”.