Uttarakhand crisis: I will resign if I lose majority, Harish Rawat says

Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat, whose Congress government plunged into a crisis on Friday night with nine party MLAs revolting against his leadership, said on Saturday that the welfare of the state was his priority and added that he would tender his resignation if he was not able to prove his majority.
Rawat said that the rebel MLAs should have spoken to the speaker or the governor separately before taking such a colossal step but added that he was ready to give time to accept their mistake and apologize for their actions.
“Around four to five rebel MLAs are in touch with us now and I am giving them a chance to accept their mistakes. Their conduct was wrong and if they won’t accept it, then action will be taken. So far, five of them have contacted me,” Rawat told reporters here.
He said that the ruckus created by the BJP after the adjournment was completely wrong and those who supported it were equally guilty.
Lashing out at the BJP leaders for ‘misusing the central machinery’, he stated that the opposition was making desperate attempts to get rid of the Congress government in the state.
“Their schemes will fail for sure. I will prove my majority on the floor of the House. I am a democratic individual and the moment I lose my majority, I will offer my resignation. The BJP is flustered right now keeping 2019 in mind, which is why they are attacking our government,” Rawat said.
As many as 26 BJP MLAs and nine rebel Congress legislators arrived in the national capital on Friday night in their bid to topple the Harish Rawat-led Congress government in Uttarakhand.
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