Uttarakhand High Court allows floor test on March 31, Congress rebels to vote; Rawat says will prove majority

The floor test will held in the presence of Registrar General of the high court at 11 am.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 29, 2016 4:34 pm
Dehradun: Chief Minister Harish Rawat addresses a press conference in Dehradun on Saturday. PTI Photo (PTI3_26_2016_000081B) Dehradun: Chief Minister Harish Rawat addresses a press conference in Dehradun on Saturday. PTI Photo (PTI3_26_2016_000081B)

Uttarakhand High Court on Tuesday allowed caretaker chief minister Harish Rawat to prove his majority in the House by ordering a floor test on March 31. The court, however, also allowed the nine Congress rebel MLAs, who were suspended by Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal under anti-defection law, to take part in the floor test.

The floor test will be held in the presence of Registrar General of the high court at 11 am.

On Monday, Rawat moved the high court questioning the Centre’s decision to impose President’s Rule in the state. He paraded 34 MLAs before Governor K K Paul to claim he still had majority in the 70-member House.

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Rawat urged the Governor to revive the assembly and to give him an opportunity to prove his majority on the floor of the House. President’s rule was imposed Sunday and the House placed under suspended animation after nine rebel Congress MLAs joined hands with the opposition BJP.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Mar 29, 2016 at 12:52 pm
    Agree. Courts seem to be hesitant to openly take on the Government unlike the earlier judges who took the correct stand on Bommai case. The Governor and President seem to be either ignoring this or turning a blind eye.
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      Avinash Rangra
      Mar 29, 2016 at 12:16 pm
      What is congress so thrilled about with HC decision? It's Speaker, er Speaker of the House had disfranchised NINE rebels (of the party), and the HC told him that he can not do it. All NINE disfranchised MLAs will be voting now. This is what it was all about. Allow everyone to vote. Truth won. Congress ought to be ashamed of itself.
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      Nurulhasan
      Mar 29, 2016 at 6:10 pm
      Looks like some comments on this are paid writers by congress to write such messages.what a joke.the speaker and the chief minister are both guilty
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        Haradhan Mandal
        Mar 29, 2016 at 11:53 am
        Voting is the basic and only thing in a No Trust Motion. This is Consution!!!! Why have the President and Governors with so much of money spent on them , on their LAVISH upkeep, on their PALACE ??? What is the USE of these men for the poor of this country - Play Political games and attend ceremonies ? They are supposed to UPHOLD and PROTECT the Consution?? Who pays for these games? We are now just going in another ROUND of EXPENSIVE Elections in another 5-6 states? What is the USE? This is how common people are driven into the hands of military and despotic dictators.
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          IML sood
          Mar 29, 2016 at 10:22 am
          Nothing to worry as the rebels allowed to vote will cast their vote against the Govt. and that case he will have to go.He may on the other hand may resign early to save his and his party's face being blackened.Only a little delay before end result.
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            khan
            Mar 29, 2016 at 10:15 am
            Is this larger democracy of the world. Oho customs and traditions never change
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              khan
              Mar 29, 2016 at 10:17 am
              What rebel mp they got vote through congress ???? Let them resign, contest and come again.
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                Rohith Vemula
                Mar 29, 2016 at 11:36 am
                Understand in Perspective . High Court has allowed Rebel Congress MLAs to vote but the votes of Rebel MLAs will be submitted to the court in Sealed Cover. Rebel MLAs as per anti defection law will be automatically disqualified for not following the party Whip on Voting. Speaker has already disqualified these MLAs and high Court will take a view on this also.lt;br/gt;Whatever happens on the floor of the house BJP managers and leaders have ensured that Harish Rawat will return with a Bigger mandate when Elections in Uttarakhand are held next year !
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