Published On : Tue, Mar 29th, 2016

Uttarakhand High Court directs floor test in Assembly on March 31

Nainital HC allows floor test in #Uttarakhand assembly on March 31, rebel/suspended MLAs also allowed to take part

The #Uttarakhand assembly floor test will be held at 11 am on March 31. Registrar General of Nainital HC to be present as an observer

Nainital: Even as President’s rule has been imposed in Uttarakhand, the Nainital High Court has directed a floor test to be held to determine which party enjoys a majority.

All MLAs have been asked to take part in floor test which will be held on March 31. It appointed the registrar of the court to be an observer for the floor test.

The High Court has directed the floor test to be held on March 31.

The High Court has said that the results of the floor test should not be declared in the Assembly and instead, should be presented before the High Court in a sealed envelope.

With less than 24 hours before the crucial trust vote in the Uttarakhand Assembly where Chief Minister Harish Rawat was to prove majority support for his government, the Centre, in a dramatic move, dismissed the Congress government and imposed President’s rule citing breakdown of governance on March 27. Not amused by the step, Harish Rawat termed it as the murder of democracy.

Hitting out at the BJP leadership, Rawat had said, “Modi and Amit Shah wanted to topple my government at all costs. They wanted to remove Harish Rawat from the scene for which they went to the extent of murdering democracy. They even murdered the sentiments of the people of Uttarakhand.

A political crisis in Uttarakhand was precipitated last week itself when nine Congress MLAs rebelled against the Rawat-led government and rallied with the BJP. But the decision to impose President’s rule took shape on Saturday night in a central government Cabinet meeting convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On Sunday afternoon, a formal nod to the decision was given by President Pranab Mukherjee.