Uttarakhand crisis continues, HC stays floor test and next hearing on April 6

Harish Rawat : The ousted Congress CM of Uttarakhand

Harish Rawat : The ousted Congress CM of Uttarakhand

The political crisis in Uttarakhand saw a fresh twist yet again. As the Nainital HC has now ruled that there will be no floor test as announced on March 31 and instead the hearing has been adjourned till April 6 .

This move comes after the  Centre  had moved the Nainital High Court challenging an interim order by a single bench directing a floor test in the Assembly on March 31, days after President’s Rule was imposed in the state.

A petition was mentioned before a division bench of the high court comprising Chief Justice KM Joseph and Justice VK Bisht by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on behalf of the central government.

The petition sought clarity on whether the floor test can be held in the state Assembly after the promulgation of President’s rule when the House is in suspended animation.

It may be recalled that in its scathing ruling earlier the HC had pulled up the Centre over the imposition of President’s rule in the state. The High Court said that the floor test is the best test and correct arena to prove majority in state assemblies, adding that President’s rule was imposed despite the state Governor calling for a floor test.