Uttarakhand: No floor test in Assembly, President rules for now

New Delhi: The President’s rule will continue in Uttarakhand and the April 29 floor test in the Assembly ordered by the High Court will not take place as the Supreme Court yesterday extended its stay on the quashing of the Central rule.

The bench made it clear that it was extending the stay on the Uttarakhand High Court verdict till further orders on the consent of parties. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, said there was no question of opposing the bench’s stand on continuing with the interim order staying the High Court’s order for few more days.

During the hearing, the bench said possibly the answer to the current incident would ultimately be the floor test and asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to think over the questions and suggestions put forward by it. “…If we don’t find merit with the President’s rule then we will have to have a floor test,” the apex court said.

While answering various questions Rohatgi, said President’s rule will be operative for two months till May 27 and if it is upheld by the court, then to have a floor test will be the discretion of the government and if the President’s rule is dismissed, the direction to the governor will be to call for the floor test.

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