Floor test in U’khand?… Centre says “considering”

RSTV Bureau
File Photo: File photo of Supreme Court of India. Photo - PTI

File Photo: File photo of Supreme Court of India.
Photo – PTI

The Centre on Wednesday told Supreme Court that it is “seriously considering” Supreme Court’s suggestions of whether a floor test could be held in Uttarakhand under its supervision under the current circumstances. The matter will now be heard on Friday as Centre sought two more days time to frame its response on the suggestion made by the bench on Tuesday.

The state of Uttarakhand is under President’s rule since March 27. Though, Nainital High Court had quashed the centre’s proclamation of imposing a President’s rule, the apex court had put an interim stay on the High Court ruling pending hearing.

“Union of India is seriously considering the suggestion given by this court to have a floor test in Assembly to put an end to the controversy that has emerged in this case,” Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi told the Supreme Court.

Former Chief Minister Harish Rawat’s counsels Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi too told the bench that they have no objection if Government accepts the suggestion.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General opposed Congress party’s submission that floor test will be like vote of confidence motion for Rawat.

FILE: Dehradun: Deposed Chief Minister Harish Rawat along with Congress supporters after Uttarakhand High Court quashed the imposition of President's rule last week. Photo - PTI

FILE: Dehradun: FIle photo of deposed Chief Minister Harish Rawat along with Congress supporters after Uttarakhand High Court quashed the imposition of President’s rule last week.
Photo – PTI

Supreme Court had last week stayed the High Court order pending the disposal of matter at their end, thus, bringing back Uttarakhand under the President’s rule.

Extending interim stay on Nainital High Court’s order of quashing the President’s rule, the top court had imposed a rider that the Centre cannot revoke President’s rule till the matter is pending before it. Prior to the Supreme Court’s interim order, Harish Rawat was reinstated as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand and was slated to take a floor test on April 29.

Uttarakhand High Court division bench of Chief Justice KM Joseph and Justice VK Bist had set aside the President’s rule in the state, noting that President’s rule is a last resort and Article 356 was imposed “contrary to the law laid down by the Supreme Court”.

“Whatever material is submitted did not add up for a proclamation,” the division bench noted in its judgement quashing the President’s rule.

Uttarakhand was placed under President’s rule on March 27, a day before the incumbent Harish Rawat government was slated to go for the trust vote.

Defending its move to impose President’s rule, the Centre claimed there was a breakdown of governance in the state given rebellion within the ruling party and Rawat government’s failure to get Appropriation Bill passed. On its part, however, Congress party claimed that Appropriation Bill was passed by the voice vote.