Congress Wins Uttarakhand Floor Test: Reports

10/05/2016 6:12 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - MARCH 11: Union Minister for Water Resources, Harish Rawat during the ongoing parliament budget session on March 11, 2013 in New Delhi, India. (Photo By Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Congress party has reportedly won the high-stakes trial of strength in the Uttarakhand Assembly, in an apparent setback to the Modi government which had dismissed the state government and imposed President's Rule on March 28.

Although, the final results will be declared by the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Harish Rawat came out and claimed they have the majority.

Sources told NDTV that Rawat has the trust vote of 33 lawmakers as against the required 31, while BJP could gather only 28.

Hours after the supposed Congress win, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said BJP would "co-operate" and did not consider the development as a setback to the party.

"In a democracy, we have to accept that. It is on the floor of the House (trial of strength).. as per the decision of Supreme court, Uttarakhand assembly sat and (there is) majority for Congress, so we will co-operate," Gadkari said, answering questions in this regard at a meet-the-press programme here.

Gadkari also said he did not consider the development was a setback to his party. However, he said the problem in Uttarakhand was a result of internal problem of Congress.

"Uttarakhand is not a problem between Congress and BJP.

That is the internal problem of Congress and for that they are blaming BJP," the Road Transport and National Highways Minister said.

Gadkari alleged that when Vijay Bahuguna was the Chief Minister, "the present Chief Minister created issues as he wanted to become Chief Minister. But when he became Chief Minister, ex-Chief Minister is creating problem for the Congress party."

"It is totally a Congress' internal problem. How you can make BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi responsible for it," he asked.

(With PTI Inputs)

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