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BJP claims support of 9-plus U’khand rebel Cong MLAs

Amid a bitter judicial row over the imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand, a top BJP leader on Monday hinted at the party, enjoying support of more Congress MLAs than the nine disqualified rebels. He asserted that though only the nine rebels have gone public about their support to BJP, “more” Congress MLAs might switch sides in the event of a floor test. The BJP is keeping its cards close to chest as the Supreme Court is currently hearing the case on the imposition of Central rule in the state, while the plea of nine MLAs against their disqualification is pending before the state High Court. “We got only as many (Congress) MLAs to support us openly as we needed for a simple majority. There could be more support for us. The BJP has the support of majority of MLAs even if these nine MLAs remain disqualified,” said a party the leader, who declined to be named. In the Assembly, both Congress and BJP have 27 MLAs each, barring the nine Congress rebels and one BJP rebel. There is also a block of six MLAs, including three independents, who had been supporting the Harish Rawat government when it was dismissed.
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