No floor test in Uttarakhand assembly, rules Nainital High Court


The two-judges bench of Nainital High Court on Wednesday ruled that there will be no floor test in Uttarakhand assembly scheduled for 31 March.

The Centre had challenged the court’s single-bench’s ruling on Tuesday asking the Congress’ Harish Rawat to face a test of strength in the assembly on Thursday.

“If you allow a trust vote, there will be two governments,” the government had argued.

Nainital High Court had allowed the floor test in Uttarakhand assembly on 31 March adding that the rebel/suspended Congress MLAs will also be allowed to take part.

The floor test was scheduled to be held at 11 am on 31 March and the Registrar General of Nainital HC was expected to be present as an observer.

This had come after the Narendra Modi led government at the Centre dismissed the elected government of Harish Rawat on Sunday, a day before it was expected to prove its majority in the assembly.

Meanwhile, earlier on Wednesday, BJP’s alliance partner Maharashtra government, Shiv Sena slammed the central government for imposing President’s Rule in Uttarakhand and calling it the death of democracy.

“What is the hurry in forming a government in Uttarakhand? Issues regarding democracy should be resolved in a democratic manner,” the Shiv Sena chief said.

In an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamna lamenting the “Death of Democracy” in Uttarakhand, the Sena also suggested that its tie-up with the BJP was “the result of a compulsion”.