35 Uttrakhand MLAs fly to Delhi; BJP stakes claim to form govt

New Delhi: Amid rising political crisis in Uttrakhand, 35 MLAs including 26 from the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and nine from the Congress, arrived in Delhi on early Saturday morning.

However, it remains unclear with whom they will be meeting in the national capital.

Earlier, 35 MLAs reached Raj Bhavan on late Friday evening to meet Uttarakhand Governor K.K. Paul and stake a claim to form a government in the state.

Former chief minister and rebel Congress leader Vijay Bahuguna said that the corrupt government has been toppled and demanded Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat's resignation on moral grounds.

The ruling Congress party has 36 MLAs in the 70-member Uttrakhand Assembly. The ruling party also has support of three Independents, two Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and one Uttarakhand Kranti Dal MLAs.

If BJP's claim is to be believed, the ruling party will be reduced to 27; and if the nine rebels BJP, their number will reach 35- BJP 26 and 9 Congress rebels.

(Image courtesy: ANI)

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