Uttarakhand HC stays the floor test; hearing on Apr 7
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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