Uttarakhand crisis: Supreme Court allows floor test on May 10; President’s rule to be lifted for those two hours

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New Delhi | Published: May 6, 2016 2:06:15 PM

Uttarakhand: President's rule will be temporarily lifted for two hours in Uttarakhand when the vote of confidence will take place, the apex court ruled.

 

Supreme CourtSC went on to say that the nine disqualified Congress MLAs cannot participate in the vote of confidence motion. (Reuters photo)

The Supreme Court on Friday allowed a floor test in Uttarakhand Assembly on May 10 from 11 AM to 1 PM. President’s rule will be temporarily lifted for two hours in Uttarakhand when the vote of confidence will take place, the apex court ruled.

SC went on to say that the nine disqualified Congress MLAs cannot participate in the vote of confidence motion. AG Mukul Rohatgi favoured ex-CEC or a former judge as observer to oversee the voting process.

The Supreme Court on May 4 had accepted the plea of the Centre that two more days be given to it to respond to its suggestion about the feasibility of holding a floor test in Uttarakhand Assembly under its supervision.

A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and and Shiva Kirti Singh, had posted the matter for hearing on Friday after Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said he has conveyed in right earnest the court’s suggestion which is under serious consideration by the government.

The bench recorded the submission of Attorney General that “Union of India is seriously considering the suggestion given by this court to have a floor test in Assembly to put an end to the controversy that has emerged in this case”.

The bench also noted the submission of sacked Chief Minister Harish Rawat’s counsel Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi that they have no objection if Government accepts the suggestion.

The bench noted that if Government accepts the suggestion, it would subserve the cause of democracy.

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