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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                    Ahmed
                    Mar 29, 2016 at 5:34 pm
                    Modi is master in Murdering the federal structure of this country just like hitler . . . Soon he will suspend judiciary, all state legislative emblies and throw his entire cabinet out
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                      TIHAEwale
                      Mar 29, 2016 at 11:20 am
                      Congress will win for the simple reason other than BJP everyone will not like Govt defeated because then it will be dissolution of embly and fact of the matter is not everyone is comfortable in going to voters because past is full of instances when 60% of sitting fail to get reelected
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                        Abhijit Bhattacharya
                        Mar 29, 2016 at 10:56 am
                        If rebel MLAs are allowed to vote, then everywhere the MLAs will start selling themselves to the highest bidder
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                          Vikrant
                          Mar 29, 2016 at 11:02 am
                          With the vid alteady available it can clearly be seen that Congress CM is busy in buying MLAs to prove his majority. This is nothing new for Congress and there have been past instances where Congress bought MPs to save government in centre. With Italian Mafia at helm ethical behavior cannot be expected from Congress. With Congress exposed of horse trading the floor test really carries no value. If Congress Government survives it would be like past Congress governments that survived using unethical means.
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                            amit
                            Mar 29, 2016 at 10:31 am
                            If rebel vote against govt they will be disqualified So muu kala to bjp ka hi honeey wala hai Hahahahaha
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                              Shankar Shankar
                              Mar 29, 2016 at 9:53 am
                              Tight slap to Feku who got the govt. dismissed just a day before it was to face the floor test.
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                                DEBASHIS
                                Mar 29, 2016 at 10:04 am
                                Dear Sir, now the rebel MLAs also will have voting right which means 37 against and 34 in favour of Congress. Earlier the speaker disqualified the rebel MLAs from voting . In that case the strength of the house reduces to 62 and Congress could win but now no chance unless he successfully horse trade. The move by congress was cunning and they will not gain anything from this verdict. Know fact first please then comment. Thanks
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                                  DEBASHIS
                                  Mar 29, 2016 at 10:08 am
                                  Dear Sir, now the rebel MLAs also will have voting right which means 37 against and 34 in favour of Congress. Earlier the speaker disqualified the rebel MLAs from voting . In that case the strength of the house reduces to 62 and Congress could win but now no chance unless he successfully horse trade. The move by congress was cunning and they will not gain anything from this verdict.
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                                    kulbhushan goswami
                                    Mar 29, 2016 at 9:34 pm
                                    If outgoing CM is satisfied all should feel more than satisfied. Authority to lift the President Rule that has already been promulgated can only be lifted by the pleasure of President, probably with the consent of the Federal Govt. All likely hood Mr. Rawat shall be able to win the trust vote, as the disgruntled congress MLAs must have been pacified now. They had that that switching their loyalty shall bring some sort of incentives to them and would not like to go in for fresh polls, because, people will consider them as trouble makers and villain of the show and may loose finally in the immediate election. they shall relent now and shall be back in the congress. in such event a better way shoulg have been to for a seperate splinter group under some new party name and wait and watch for the kill.
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                                      sonu
                                      Mar 29, 2016 at 10:04 am
                                      and the thug judge who in past was a congress worker will be overruled by supreme cort
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                                        sonu
                                        Mar 29, 2016 at 9:57 am
                                        ha ha congress supporters may be happy till tomorrow. central govt will move supreme court as high court can not over rule president rule. planted judges in high court supporting congress. wait till tomorrow supreme court will stay high court decision till than congress can loot uttarakhand.
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                                          sonu
                                          Mar 29, 2016 at 10:05 am
                                          indian express should also tell us that the judge was a congress worker before appointed as judge. infact as a lawyer he was active member of congress. such judgment don't surprise when quality of judges is like this
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                                            sonu
                                            Mar 29, 2016 at 10:01 am
                                            it is time only ppl from judicial services made judge in high court n supreme court. when thug lawyer r made judges such judgment did not surprise. dont judge know that presidents act can not ve challenged in court of law. in arunanchal case supreme court said that even it can not over rule governor n here see a thug judge in high court over rulling president. height of shamelessness. khair wait till tomorrow supreme court will stay the decision of higj court
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