Uttarakhand crisis: President's rule to continue, no floor test on April 29

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday extended the President's Rule in Uttarakhand indefinitely and ruled out a floor test that the state High Court had ordered Congress’ Harish Rawat to take on April 29.

 

The next hearing for the case has been scheduled on May 3.

 

At today’s hearing, the apex court had asked the Centre seven tough questions; the answer to which shall explain as to why the BJP-led government decide to place Uttarakhand under President's Rule.

 

1.  Could the Governor have sent the message in a present manner under Article 175 (2) for conducting floor test?

 

2.  Is disqualification of MLAs by the Speaker a relevant issue for the purposes of invoking President's rule under Article 356?

 

3. Can proceedings in the Assembly be considered by the President for imposing Central rule?  

 

4. When does the President's role come into the picture with regard to the Appropriation bill?

 

5. Can a delay in the floor test be a ground for the proclamation of President rule?

 

It was on March 27, a day before Harish Rawat was to take a trust vote, that the Centre introduced President's Rule. It reasoned that Mr. Rawat had lost the right to rule when nine Congressmen rebelled against the state’s budget that he presented in the assembly.

 

With agency inputs