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SP hails U’khand floor test outcome, says communal forces defeated

Lucknow : Branding the outcome of the Uttarakhand Assembly floor test as the ‘defeat of communal forces’, the Samajwadi Party on Tuesday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Centre should learn a lesson from the entire episode and mend its ‘unconstitutional ways’.

“The Samajwadi Party is principally opposed to the President Rule. But the recent events had led the Supreme Court to intervene in the matter and it is being said that in the floor test, communal forces have been defeated,” Samajwadi Party spokesman and Minister Rajendra Chowdhary told ANI.

“Now the Supreme Court will open the envelope and decide the matter. Communalism has harmed this nation a lot, no matter how powerful the government is they cannot go against the Constitution,” he added.

Asserting that imposition of President’s Rule just before the floor test on March 28 went against the principles of the Constitution, Chowdhary also said that the communal forces must not be allowed to flourish in the nation.

“Even Akhilesh Yadav had said that imposing President’s rule ahead of the floor test was unconstitutional. Communalism should not be allowed to spread in the nation and secular forces must be strengthened. This is a lesson to the Centre, which has been behaving in an unconstitutional manner,” he added.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal earlier today said the BJP’s defeat in the Uttarakhand floor test has come as a huge setback to Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA.

“Uttarakhand floor test outcome is a huge setback to Modi Govt. Hope they will stop toppling Govts now,” Kejriwal tweeted.

Congress leader Indira Hridayesh earlier told ANI about the details of what happened during the floor test and asserted of a positive outcome for the party.

“We reached early and took out seats. We had been instructed earlier that those who vote in favour will sit on the right and those against on the left. After being seated the Speaker read the entire procedure and then began calling out names of the candidates who raised their hands indicating their motion. 33 of our candidates cast their votes in the motion,” she said.

Adding that the result of the floor test was a clear message to the nation and political parties, she asserted that the BJP could not have been given a more smashing reply as they had openly indulged in murdering democracy and putting the development of Uttarakhand on a standstill.

The proceedings of the floor test were video-graphed and the results of the voting will be placed before the Supreme Court tomorrow in a sealed cover. (ANI)