New Delhi: Observers who monitored the Harish Rawat trust vote in Uttarakhand yesterday have reached the Supreme Court, which will announce the result this morning. The Congress is already celebrating a win and its Harish Rawat has said he is waiting for "the clouds of uncertainty to blow over".
The top court will formally announce the result after watching a 90-minute video recording of Tuesday's Assembly proceedings, presented to it in a sealed envelope.
Also submitted in sealed cover to the court is the Uttarakhand Speaker's vote, which will be needed if there was a tie yesterday.
Clear win, claims the Congress, with sources saying Mr Rawat had the support of 33 lawmakers in Tuesday's trust vote, two more than he needed for majority. With nine Congress rebels barred from voting, the strength of the 70-member assembly was 61.
The BJP's Nitin Gadkari said it is "not a setback" for his party. "In a democracy, we have to accept that. It is on the floor of the House as per the decision of the Supreme Court. Uttarakhand Assembly sat and (there is) majority for Congress, so we will co-operate," the union minister said.
That was in response to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's comment that the Congress' win is a "huge setback" to the Modi government. "Hope they will stop toppling Govts now (sic)," Mr Kejriwal tweeted.
Sources said 28 lawmakers voted against Mr Rawat in Tuesday's trust vote, among them a Congress rebel called Rekha Arya, who was missing for days before turning up at the assembly with BJP leader Ajay Bhatt.
The Congress found support from two Bahujan Samaj Party legislators, three independent lawmakers and one from the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal together called the PDF (Progressive Democratic Front). "All six of us have voted for Harish Rawat," one of them confirmed.
Harish Rawat was chief minister of Uttarakhand till the Centre imposed President's Rule on March 27, arguing that he lost his majority when the nine Congress dissidents voted against his government's annual budget.
The Supreme Court had confirmed a High Court order on Monday barring the nine Congress rebels from voting in today's trust vote; they had been disqualified by the Speaker a day before the Centre imposed President's Rule in Uttarakhand on March 27.
The Uttarakhand High Court had indicted the Centre for declaring President's Rule, accusing it of trying to remove an opposition government. The Centre has challenged that verdict in the Supreme Court.