Centre to decide on Uttarakhand House floor test by May 6
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