Harish Rawat asked to prove majority on March 31 by Nainital High Court


In a dramatic twist in the political crisis in Uttarakhand , the Nainital  High Court has asked  former chief minister Harish Rawat to take a floor test in the Assembly on March 31.

“The floor test was asked by us on the basis of past precedents of Supreme Court,” said Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Counsel for Harish Rawat. The state came under President’s Rule two days back.

Congress had termed the President’s Rule imposition as a murder of democracy and vowed to challenge the move on court. Now it stands vindicated. It argued that  what was the hurry  by the BJP led government at the Centre to impose President’s rule in the state when Rawat was asked to prove majority on March 28.

Hearing a petition by Rawat, the court also said that all nine Congress rebels who were disqualified by the speaker will be allowed to take part in the vote.

With the move coming weeks after President’s rule was imposed in Arunachal Pradesh, an angry Congress claimed that the BJP had stooped to a new low and would challenge the order in court.

The crisis in the hill state erupted on March 18 when nine Congress MLAs rebelled against Rawat’s government, resulting in flip-flop in the passage of the Appropriation Bill. The BJP met the governor the same day and staked claim to form the government.

It said the result of the voting should be presented to the court on April 1.

The floor test will be held at 11am on Thursday and the Registrar General of the Nainital HC will be present as an observer. The observer will brief the HC about the result of the floor test and an announcement in this regard will be made by the court accordingly. (IANS)