New Delhi/Dehradun: Harish Rawat was on Wednesday restored as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, 46 days after he was ousted by the Centre in a political battle that ended in a setback to Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government as the Supreme Court on Wednesday put its stamp of approval on the floor test in the Assembly. “We have opened the result of the vote presented to us in a sealed cover by Jaidev Singh, Principal Secretary (Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs) and we find that 33 votes out of 61 were cast in favour of Rawat,” an apex court bench said seeking revocation of President’s Rule forthwith so that 68-year-old Rawat can take over as Chief Minister.
Celebrations broke out in Dehradun with Congress workers bursting firecrackers, singing and dancing and distributing sweets the moment the news trickled in from the court that Rawat has won the trial of strength in the Assembly yesterday which was carried out on the instructions of the Supreme Court. Harish Rawat on Wednesday said the judiciary has restored the faith of people in democracy in Uttarakhand even as he pledged to start afresh forgetting the ‘bad patch’ to take the state forward. “Judiciary in a way came forward as an adjudicator of constitutional and democratic values. From the Supreme Court to the High Court, I want to thank the judiciary,” he said.PTI
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