Ut­tarak­hand HC stays the floor test; hear­ing on Apr 7

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ab­hi­nav Mad­hwal letters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAINI­TAL: The Ut­tarak­hand high court or­dered on Wed­nes­day a stay on a floor test of the ousted Congress gov­ern­ment but ques­tioned the Cen­tre’s haste in im­pos­ing Pres­i­dent’s Rule, in­di­cat­ing the state’s po­lit­i­cal un­cer­tainty will con­tinue.

A two-judge divi­sion bench, com­pris­ing chief jus­tice KM Joseph and jus­tice VK Bist, asked the Cen­tre why it clamped Pres­i­dent’s Rule when the gover­nor had set a date for the floor test.

The bench stayed a de­ci­sion by a sin­gle- judge bench a day be­fore that al­lowed de­posed chief min­is­ter Har­ish Rawat to seek a trust vote on Thurs­day. The ear­lier or­der also al­lowed nine rebel Congress MLAs — who switched their sup­port to the BJP — to vote.

The Cen­tre and the Congress agreed to file sub­mis­sions to the court by Tues­day. The mat­ter will be next heard on April 6.

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