Uttarkhand – High Court orders floor test

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Uttarakhand High Court on Tuesday granting the Chief Minister Harish Rawat, a chance to prove his majority in the Assembly and ruled that fresh voting must take place on March 31 when the ‘vote of confidence will be put to a floor test’.

It may be recalled that Rawat moved the High Court in Nainital against the imposition of Presidental’s Rule and the hearing continued on Tuesday. The court ruled that all 70 MLAs including nine rebels who were suspended on Sunday by the Speaker must vote and the floor test shall decide whether Rawat would be reinstated. However, the rebels would vote separately under the supervision of an observer appointed by the court.

It may be recalled that on March 18, the BJP along with nine Congress MLAs voted against the Appropriation Bill in the House. While Rawat said the Bill was constitutionally passed, the BJP’s central leadership accused Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal of showing the Bill as ‘passed’ when a majority of 67 MLAs present had voted against it. Therefore, Governor K.K.Paul asked Rawat to prove his majority on March 28 but the President’s Rule was imposed on the State on March 27.

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