SC or­ders U’khand floor test on May 10 THE SCE­NAR­IOS

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Bhadra Sinha bhadra.sinha@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Sacked Ut­tarak­hand chief min­is­ter Har­ish Rawat will have to prove his gov­ern­ment’s ma­jor­ity in the assem­bly on May 10, the Supreme Court ruled on Fri­day and asked that the pro­ceed­ings be video­taped.

A bench of Jus­tice Di­pak Misra and Jus­tice Shiva Kirti Singh said Pres­i­dent’s rule in the state will be lifted be­tween 10.30am and 1pm to hold the floor test. It also said nine Congress MLAs, whose re­volt plunged Rawat’s gov­ern­ment into cri­sis, will be able to vote only if the Ut­tarak­hand high court al­lowed it. “The en­tire pro­ceed­ings shall be videographed so that it can be pe­rused by this court if re­quired,” it said. The prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary of the assem­bly will su­per­vise the vote. Cri­sis gripped Rawat’s Congress-led gov­ern­ment af­ter nine of his MLAs sided with the op­po­si­tion BJP dur­ing a de­bate over the fi­nance bill in March, prompt­ing the Speaker to dis­qual­ify them from the House.

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