Uttarakhand floor test: 9 ousted MLAs can’t vote
Hearing the centre’s plea challenging the quashing of the proclamation imposing the President’s Rule in Uttrakhand, the Apex Court fixed May 10 as the floor test date and also made it clear that the ousted 9 MLAs can not cast their votes in the test.
Earlier, the Attorney General (AG) has informed the Supreme Court that the Centre is ready to conduct floor test in Uttarakhand under the court’s supervision .
The floor test will be held between 11 am and 1 pm.
The court said the floor test should be observed by a retired chief election commissioner, and emphasised that there be just one agenda behind the motion.
Earlier, a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh had suggested the Centre to hold a floor with the supervision of Supreme Court. Asking the bench to appoint an observer for the floor test, AG Mukul Rohatgi said that there should be one agenda and observer should be a retired Chief Election Commissioner.
On March 27, the Centre clamped President’s rule in the state citing a constitutional breakdown in the wake of a rebellion in the ruling Congress. Nine MLAs of the ruling party joined BJP legislators to claim that the Harish Rawat government had lost majority in the assembly due to the non-passage of the money bill.
The bench also said that the test can be done like the Jharkhand Model. The court had directed a floor test in Jharkhand in 2005 when the BJP leader Arjun Munda challenged the government formation by JMM leader Shibu Soren.
The two-judge division bench, comprising of Justice Dipak Mishra and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh had earlier directed the Centre to continue President’s rule in the state on April 27.