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Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat: Will resign if I lose majority in House
Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat said on Saturday that he will resign if he loses majority on the floor of the House, after nine of the ruling Congress lawmakers switched allegiance to the opposition BJP.

According to the news agency ANI, Rawat had called for a cabinet meeting at 3 pm today to chalk out his party's strategy.

Uttarakhand government led by Congress had plunged into deep crisis on Friday night after the BJP had stakes claim to power.

The crisis in the ruling government had started after rebel Congress legislators led by former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna had supported BJP's demand for a conscience vote on the appropriation bill in the assembly.

Late Friday evening BJP leader Ajay Bhatt had led 27 party legislators to the Raj Bhawan, demanding dismissal of the Congress government from the governor KK Paul, claiming that it doesn't have the numbers.

BJP is seeking to form the next government with the help of nine dissident Congress and one Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) legislator.

Speaker GS Kunjwal had earlier served notices to the rebel MLAs who are camping in Delhi, and scheduled to meet BJP president Amit Shah.

In case the rebels don't change their mind, the Congress is either expected to lure them back or axe them from the party membership.

Congress party state president Kishor Upadhyay has said that at least five to six rebels MLAs are in touch with him and want to come back to the party.

Chief minister Rawat so far had the support of 42 MLAs, out of which 36 were from the Congress including the nine rebels, three independents and two BSP legislators and one from the UKD, while the BJP has 28 MLAs. But now with the nine Congress rebels joining in, the BJP has strength of 37, enough to form the government.

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