A file photo of Harish Rawat. Photo: PTI
A file photo of Harish Rawat. Photo: PTI

Centre actively considering floor test in Uttarakhand assembly

Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi seeks time till 6 May to take a final decision on the possibility of holding a floor test

New Delhi: The Central government on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it is “seriously considering" its suggestion to conduct a floor test in the Uttarakhand assembly.

Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi sought time till 6 May to take a final decision on the possibility of holding a floor test to determine whether Harish Rawat-led Congress government had majority.

This was in response to the court asking the Centre on Tuesday of the possibility of a supervised floor test.

The court was hearing the Centre’s appeal challenging the Uttarakhand high court’s 21 April ruling quashing President’s Rule in the state. A day later, the apex court had stayed that order, after the Centre assured the court that no action will be taken to revoke President’s Rule in the state to allow the formation of a new government.

On 27 April, the stay was further extended due to which the floor test scheduled to be held on 29 April was called off and President’s Rule continued in the state.

The court had also framed seven questions of law pertaining to the imposition of President’s Rule in the state which will be taken up at the next hearing.

The case will be heard next on 6 May.

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