Cen­tre to de­cide on Ut­tarak­hand House floor test by May 6

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NEW DELHI: The Cen­tre told the Supreme Court on Wed­nes­day that it was “se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing” the sug­ges­tion to hold a floor test in Ut­tarak­hand un­der the court’s su­per­vi­sion and took time till May 6 to re­vert with a fi­nal re­sponse.

“I have con­veyed the court’s sug­ges­tion (to the Cen­tre) in the right earnest,” at­tor­ney gen­eral Mukul Ro­hatgi told a bench of jus­tices Di­pak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh who agreed to hear the Cen­tre’s pe­ti­tion chal­leng­ing the Ut­tarak­hand high court or­der quash­ing Pres­i­dent’s rule in the state on Fri­day.

“If the gov­ern­ment ac­cepts the sug­ges­tion, it will sub­serve the cause of democ­racy,” the judges said, not­ing Ro­hatgi’s sub­mis­sion. The court ex­tended its in­terim or­der that lets the pres­i­den­tial procla­ma­tion con­tinue un­til fur­ther or­ders.

The bench, how­ever, made it clear that un­like the high court it would not “re­store the sta­tus quo ante”. This means for­mer chief min­is­ter Har­ish Rawat will have to first prove his majority and then form a gov­ern­ment.

Rawat re­sumed the CM’s post im­me­di­ately af­ter the high court judg­ment on April 21, held a cab­i­net meet­ing and cleared 11 res­o­lu­tions. The Cen­tre in its ap­peal be­fore the top court strongly ob­jected to the hasty de­ci­sions.

The court’s clar­i­fi­ca­tion came af­ter Ro­hatgi and Rawat’s lawyers en­tered into an ar­gu­ment over whether the for­mer CM would face a floor test or a vote of con­fi­dence. >> CON­TIN­UED ON P10 >> RE­LATED RE­PORTS, P9

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