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Uttarakhand crisis: High Court stays March 31 floor test
There will be no floor test in Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly tomorrow as the High Court has stayed it while hearing Centre's plea in the matter. The next hearing is set to take place on April 6. The Centre will send its affidavit on the President's rule by Monday.
A two judge bench comprising Chief Justice KM Joseph and Justice VK Bisht heard a petition by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on behalf of the central government. The petition sought clarity on whether the floor test can be held in the state assembly after the announcement of President's rule when the House is in suspended animation.

The state was put under President's Rule on Sunday, but yesterday former chief minister Harish Rawat through his counsel and senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi filed a writ petition which challenged the imposition of President's rule in the state.

The single judge bench of Justice UC Dhyani in an interim order yesterday directed a floor test in the Assembly on March 31 and allowed even the nine disqualified rebel MLAs of the Congress to vote during the exercise.

Uttarakhand is one of eight states governed by the Congress. Earlier this year, its government in Arunanchal Pradesh collapsed, again, after a mutiny within its legislators.

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