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December 12, 2017

HC orders floor test in Uttarakhand on March 31


Newsroom24x7 Desk:

Uttarakhand High CourtNainital: The High Court of Uttarakhand at Nainital today ordered a floor test in the Assembly on March 31 – two days after President’s Rule was imposed in the state.

A single-judge Uttarakhand high Court bench of Justice U C Dhyani also allowed the 9 rebel Congress who have been disqualified by the Speaker to participate in Thursday’s voting. Their votes will be kept aside till the final order on petition challenging their disqualification.

There was no clarity on whether by ordering the floor test, the President’s Rule imposed on Sunday is stayed and whether the dismissed Harish Rawat government has been restored.

The Centre has given indication that the High Court decision would be challenged. Even the Congress is not ruling out the possibility of approaching the Division Bench of the Uttarakhand High Court to contest the portion of the judgement linked to the rebel Congress MLAs.

The sacked Chief Minister Harish Rawat had challenged the imposition of President’s Rule and demanded its immediate quashing.

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