"Our MLAs and leaders are getting threatening messages from conduits who are posing as relatives, well-wishers and acquaintances," Rawat told reporters here.

"I am also being kept under surveillance as if I am an anti-national," he alleged. Rawat alleged that his phones and those of his relatives and aides were being tapped. "Central agencies are harassing Congress people through various ways," he alleged.

"Central agencies are openly being misused and not only my MLAs but political leaders are being threatened," he said. His allegations came on a day another video of a purported sting operation was released allegedly involving Rawat and he was accused of indulging in horse-trading.

Asked about the video, Rawat said that he had no information about it as of now. The Congress leader voiced confidence that he will win the trust vote which will be held on May 10 following the direction of the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, Ahead of the crucial floor test on May 10, Congress and BJP are issuing whips to their MLAs as they try to keep their flock together. The process to issue whips to all the party MLAs for the floor test has been initiated, Congress Chief Whip and former Parliamentary Affairs Minister Indira Hridayesh said today.
The MLAs are being informed through e-mail, SMS, and letters. They have been instructed to be present in Uttarakhand Assembly on May 10 and vote in favour of the confidence motion, Indira added. "The numbers are favouring Congress and we will win," she claimed.

The former minister also said a meeting of the party MLAs will be called prior to the floor test. However, the timing of the meeting will be decided after consulting deposed Chief Minister Harish Rawat.

The Apex Court was hearing the Centre's petition challenging the revoking of President's rule by the Uttarakhand High Court on Rawat's plea.

Uttarakhand has been under President's Rule since March 27 after the Central government dismissed the Congress government led by Rawat, citing constitutional crisis in the hill state. The Central government invoked the controversial Article 356 to remove Rawat saying his government was in minority after nine Congress legislators rebelled.

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