The Supreme Court had asked the Central Government to consider holding a floor test in the state under its supervision. Rebel MLAs cannot vote06 May 2016 | 5:24 PM
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered for a floor test to be conducted in the Uttarakhand assembly at 11 am on May 10. The nine disqualified rebel Congress MLAs will not be eligible to vote. The Supreme Court had asked the central government to consider holding a floor test in the state under its supervision.[ + read story ]
New Delhi, May 6
The Supreme Court on Friday ordered for a floor test to be conducted in the Uttarakhand assembly at 11 am on May 10.
Former chief minister Harish Rawat will seek a vote of confidence and the proceedings will be video recorded and submitted to the Supreme Court the next day.
The floor test would be conducted by asking the MLAs in favour of and against the confidence vote to stand on either side of the Assembly.
The nine disqualified rebel Congress MLAs would not be eligible to vote.
The Supreme Court had asked the Central Government to consider holding a floor test in the state under its supervision.
The state plunged into political crisis after the nine Congress lawmakers voted with the BJP against the state government’s Appropriation Bill on March 18. Uttarakhand Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal declared the Bill passed, ignoring demands for division of votes, and issued notices to the nine rebels.
President’s rule was imposed in the state on March 26 — a day before Governor KK Paul’s deadline to Rawat to prove his majority — after rebel lawmakers released a video that showed Rawat trying to “bribe the rebels into voting” for his government in a floor test.
Nine rebel Congress MLAs — among them former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna — were disqualified from the state Assembly by Kunjwal under the anti-defection law hours later.
The high court criticised the central government for its “interference” in state affairs, revoked President’s rule in the state and ordered a floor test, which the Supreme Court stayed. — (With inputs from agencies)
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