Uttarakhand crisis: HC allows Congress govt to prove majority

Dehradun: In a major relief for the ousted Congress government in Uttarakhand, the state High Court on Tuesday allowed it to prove its majority in the assembly on Thursday despite President's Rule in the state.

The High Court however, allowed President's Rule in the hill state to continue till the floor test.

The court also said that all nine Congress rebels who were disqualified by the speaker will be allowed to take part in the vote and the result of the voting should be presented to the court on Friday.

An elated Rawat said he was confident of proving his majority in the state assembly.

Congress spokesperson and advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the court ruling followed two days of extensive arguments.

"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," Singhvi told the media while adding that the charges against the Rawat government do not justify the invocation of the much contested Article 356 that empowers the central government to impose President's Rule in a state.

News24 Bureau