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Uttarakhand High Court Debarred 9 Rebel MLA's from Vote; Apex Court Upheld Decision
May 10, 2016

Ahead of the crucial floor test on May 10, the Uttarakhand High Court on May 9 rejected the petition filed by 9 rebel Congress legislators in which they had challenged their disqualification by the Speaker. The court's ruling effectively means the nine MLAs will not be able to vote in the confidence motion to be faced by Harish Rawat in the Assembly on May 10.

The nine leaders had moved the Supreme Court. Soon after Justice U.C. Dhyani of the High Court pronounced his order on the petition challenging Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal's decision disqualifying them after they joined hands with the BJP during proceedings on the Appropriation Bill on March 18, the rebel MLAs moved the Supreme Court.

Apex Court: The Supreme Court upheld on May 9 the disqualification of 9 rebels Congress MLAs from Uttarakhand and barred them from participating in a trust vote in the state assembly on May 10. The rebel legislators had gone to the top court after the Uttarakhand high court earlier in the day upheld their disqualification by the assembly speaker.

  • The Supreme Court refused to pass an interim order on allowing the nine disqualified MLAs to vote in Tuesday's floor test.

  • Uttarakhand Assembly will witness a floor test today under the strict guidelines of the Supreme Court to find out if Harish Rawat enjoys the confidence of the House or not.

  • His government was dismissed by the Centre on March 27, just a day before he was to seek a vote of confidence in the state Assembly.

A specially convened two-hour-long session between 11 AM and 1 PM took place for the floor test. The special session, where President's Rule will be kept in abeyance, will only have a ‘single agenda’ and no other matter will be taken up for discussion. 

The President rule shall be revived after the conclusion of floor test at 1 PM on May 10.

The Nainital High Court had on April 21 declared the President's rule imposed in the state on March 27 as unconstitutional. The court had also ordered the floor test on April 29. But the Centre moved the Supreme Court and on April 22, the apex court ruled that there would no floor test in the Uttarakhand Assembly on April 29.The Centre had on May 6 agreed for a Supreme Court-monitored floor test in Uttarakhand.


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