Ver­dict on 9 Dis­qual­i­fied MLAs Rawat’s Next Test

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

They are pow­er­ful, mighty and broad chested...I would re­quest Cen­tre to for­get past and work in the spirit of co­op­er­a­tive fed­er­al­ism, says Rawat

Dehradun: Chief min­is­ter Har­ish Rawat will hold a meet­ing of his state Cabi­ne­tonFri­day­morn­ing­fol­low­ing the restora­tion of his govern­ment by the Ut­tarak­hand high court that also quashed Pres­i­dent’s rule in the state. Chief Sec­re­tary Sha­trughan Singh told ET on phone: “He has been re­stored as chief min­is­ter.” Rawat will hold a meet­ing with the prin­ci­pal sec­re­taries of all de­part­ments also.

Although Rawat has re­turned as the CM, he has many chal­lenges to re­tain his post. He would have to pro­tect his MLAs from poach­ing be­fore the floor test which the court fixed for April 29. A pe­ti­tion chal­leng­ing the Speaker’s de­ci­sion to dis­qual­ify the 9 Congress MLA­sis­pend­ing­be­fore­as­in­glebench, which will hear the case on Satur­day. “Much will de­pend on the sin­gle bench or­der on the pe­ti­tion filed by 9 MLAs dis­qual­i­fied un­der anti-de­fec­tion law. If the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion is not up­held, itwill­be­com­pletelya dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal s i t uati o n in t he state,” a source in Rawat camp said. How­ever, if the court up­holds the Speaker’s de­ci­sion to dis­qual­ify the 9 MLAs un­der the anti-de­fec­tion law, the num­ber needed to se­cure an ab­so­lutemajor­i­ty­will­bere­duced­to31and if Rawat is able to re­tain the sup­port of 33 MLAs (27 Congress MLAs, 4 in­de­pen­dentsand2BSPMLAs),thenhe will be able to pass the floor test.

The sup­port of the group of six nonCongress MLAs who call them­selves the Pro­gres­sive Demo­cratic Front is cru­cial for Rawat’s sur­vival. At his f i r s t n e ws c o n f e r e n c e a f t e r Thurs­day’s ver­dict, Rawat ap­pre­ci­ated the role of the PDF in his hour of po­lit­i­cal cri­sis. Talk­ing peace with Cen­tre, Rawat said, “We don’t want to fight...They are pow­er­ful, mighty and broad chested. We do not talk of fight­ing. I would re­quest the Cen­tre to for­get the past and work in the spirit of co­op­er­a­tive fed­er­al­ism.”

A pe­ti­tion chal­leng­ing the Speaker’s de­ci­sion to dis­qual­ify 9 Congress MLAs will be head by court on Satur­day

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