Political crisis in Uttarakhand deepened on Saturday with BJP, claiming the support of rebel Congress MLAs, increasing efforts to remove Chief Minister Harish Rawat who stressed he was ready to prove his majority in the Assembly.
On a day that saw claims and counter-claims by BJP and the Congress, Assembly Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal said the "anti-defection law is in place and whoever is found guilty of violating it will have to be acted against".
"All Congress MLAs voted with government when earlier bill was passed in the Assembly and nobody had challenged the bill. Even BJP accepts the voice vote," he added.
Critising BJP, Congress accused PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah of seeking to remove non-BJP governments by unfaier means.
In Dehradun, BJP stepped up efforts to dislodge the Rawat government, claiming it has majority in Uttarakhand Assembly and should be invited to form the government as present government has been reduced to a minority.
"Harish Rawat Government has lost majority. Right now BJP has the numbers with the support of rebel Congress MLAs to form government in state," Shyam Jaju, the state in-charge of BJP, was quoted by a news agency as saying.
He also said the party is ready to present MLAs supporting it before the President and said Rawat should immediately resign as CM.
Nine rebel Congress MLAs are in touch with BJP leaders, he added.
Accusing BJP of twisting facts, Rawat said that he still enjoys a majority in the Uttarakhand Assembly and was ready to prove it on the floor of the House.
"Those who are saying they have support of 35 MLAs are misrepresenting facts.I am confident that I still have a majority in the Assembly and can prove it on the floor of the House," he told reporters after meeting Assembly Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal.
Rawat said that five of nine rebel Congress MLAs were in touch with him.
Rebel MLAs included, Congress has strength of 36 MLAs in 70-member Assembly. Ruling party also has support of six Progressive Democratic Front MLAs.
BJP has 28 members in state assembly.