In almost a repeat of what happened in Arunachal Pradesh a few months ago when the Nabam Tuki government was overthrown, nine Congress rebel MLAs on Friday joined hands with the opposition BJP to stake claim to form the government in Uttarakhand.
While Chief Minister Harish Rawat maintained he had majority in the House, a three-member BJP delegation met Governor K K Paul late at night, seeking dismissal of the Rawat government.
Dissent against the leadership of Rawat had been simmering for several months, with a section of the Congress MLAs questioning his style of functioning.
Ninteen Uttarakhand MLAs from the Congress rebel camp, along with former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna and BJP's state unit head MP Ajay Bhatt, flew to Delhi in a charted plane from Dehradun on Friday night.
BJP sources confirmed the development and revealed that MLAs would be meeting the party high-command before being paraded before the President. "They are in a hotel and meetings have been lined up, I can't tell more than this," said BJP leader Ajay Bhatt.
The congress rebel MLAs, along with BJP leaders, met the governor Dr K K Paul at the Raj Bhawan explaining their position.