The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that the President’s rule in Uttarakhand will continue till it announces judgement on Centre’s appeal against state high court’s decision on floor test. The apex court said there will be no floor test on April 29 in the state assembly as the court will hear arguments by the Centre and the Congress on May 3.

The court said both the Central government and the Congress in the state will present their arguments on May 3 in the case and a final decision will be announced by May 6.

Few days back, the Supreme Court framed nearly seven questions pertaining to imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand and asked the Centre to response to the issue.

The court asked “is disqualification of MLAs by the Speaker, a relevant issue for the purpose of invoking President’s rule under Article 356.

The apex court also asked if proceedings in the Assembly can be considered by the President for imposing the Central rule.

The bench in the court also asked the Centre “could the Governor have sent the message in the present manner under Article 175 (2) for conducting a floor test”.

The matter came up after the Uttarakhand High Court ruled to set aside the President’s rule in the state, after which the Centre approached the Supreme Court.

The Central government has imposed President’s Rule on March 27, one day before Harish Rawat was to take a trust vote as the ruling Congress party lost nine sitting MLAs who defected the party and joined the BJP.

 

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