The nine disqualified Congress rebels in Uttarakhand, including former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday, ANI reported. It was their move to go against the ruling party that triggered a series of events that ultimately led to the imposition of President’s Rule in the state.

On March 18, the legislators, including Uttarakhand Agriculture Minister Harak Singh Rawat, had staked claim with the BJP to form government in the state. They made the decision after a Finance Bill was passed in the House. The MLAs were later disqualified by the speaker.

Harish Rawat was reinstated as the chief minister of Uttarakhand after President’s Rule was revoked in the state on May 12. Rawat had won the support of a majority of the legislators during a floor test in the Assembly on May 10.