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Post victory, Rawat hails judiciary for upholding democratic values

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Dehradun : An ecstatic Harish Rawat on Wednesday hailed the judiciary after passing the crucial floor test in Uttarakhand Assembly, saying they were the ‘final educator’ of democratic values.

Rawat, who got the support of 33 of the 61 MLAs, praised the Centre and Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi for their ‘magnanimity’.

“I want to thank the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court and High Court were the final educators of democratic values. I also want to thank the Centre and Attorney General for their magnanimity,” he told the media here.

Rawat said that he would be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the coming days and seek the Centre’s support for development of Uttarakhand.

“I will need active support of the Centre to move the state forward. I will meet Prime Minister and I will tell him that Uttarakhand needs him,” he said.

Rawat further said that he would also be meeting the Congress top brass in the national capital and thank them for their unconditional support.

Responding to posers about the CBI summons likely to be issued to him on charges of alleged horse trading, Rawat said he is willing to cooperate with the investigative agency.

“I have told the CBI I will cooperate with them, although it seems like they are in a hurry to investigate the matter. I called them on the same day when the floor test was conducted,” he added.

Rawat also thanked the MLAs of the PDF, UKD, BSP and independent candidates for their support in the floor test.

“I want to thank and tell my friends in the BJP, let us forget the past experience and begin a new chapter,” he added.

Rawat is all set to resume power in Uttarakhand with the Centre informing the Supreme Court that it would revoke President’s Rule in the hill state. (ANI)

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