Floor test in U’khand Assembly on Mar. 31, rebel MLAs to participate

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Dehradun (Uttarakhand, India), Mar. 29 (ANI): In a major relief for the Congress in the state, the Nainital High Court on Tuesday allowed a floor test in Uttarakhand Assembly on March 31st and the nine suspended rebel MLAs have been allowed to take part.

The assembly floor test will be held at 11 am on Thurday and Registrar General of Nainital HC will be present as an observer.

Meanwhile, the President’s rule has been stayed in the state.

The Centre, in a dramatic move, dismissed the Congress government and imposed President’s rule in the state citing breakdown of governance.

Not amused by the step, Chief Minister Harish Rawat termed it as the ‘murder of democracy’.

With the move coming weeks after President’s rule was imposed in Arunachal Pradesh, an angry Congress claimed that the BJP had stooped to a new low and would challenge the order in court.

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The crisis in the hill state erupted on March 18 when nine Congress MLAs rebelled against Rawat’s government, resulting in flip-flop in the passage of the Appropriation Bill. The BJP met the governor the same day and staked claim to form the government.

Chief Minister Rawat has contended that with the disqualification of the nine Congress lawmakers, the total strength of the 70-member House has been reduced and so, with his 27 remaining lawmakers and the support of six MLAs from the Progressive Democratic Front and one BJP dissident, he has a majority. (ANI)

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