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Uttarakhand crisis: High Court orders floor test on March 31; rebel Congress MLAs allowed to participate
The Uttarakhand High Court today ordered a floor test in the Legislative Assembly on March 31 to determine the numbers various parties have in the House.
Two days back the state was put under President's Rule. Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Harish Rawat then filed a petition in the court, and in response to his petition the court ordered the floor test. This came up as a major relief to the Harish Rawat government in Uttarakhand.

After the court order Rawat and his lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, "We respect the orders and directions of the Nainital High Court.....The High Court accepts the point that despite President's Rule there is enough scope for judicial review to allow a floor test to take place."

The court has also allowed all the nine Congress rebel MLAs, who were disqualified by the Speaker, to participate in the floor testing process.

The floor test will be held at 11 am on 31 March, and Registrar General of the High Court will be present as an observer during the floor test. However the results of the floor test will not be declared, as it is done only to ascertain the numbers, which various parties have in the state Assembly. The speaker will submit the results before the court in a sealed envelope.

All this happened 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 which is in the opposition met the governor on the same day and staked claim to form the government.

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