Politics

President’s Rule to Continue in Uttarakhand, No Floor Test on April 29

The apex court asked the Centre whether the delay in a floor test could be a ground for proclamation of President’s rule.

Supreme Court of India. Credit: PTI

Supreme Court of India. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the stay on the Uttarakhand high court order quashing the imposition of President’s rule in the state will continue. The apex court ruling implies that there will be no floor test on April 29.

The court has fixed May 3 for further hearing in the case.

Earlier the Supreme Court had framed seven questions pertaining to the imposition of President’s rule in the state and sought the Centre’s response to the issue.

During a hearing on the Centre’s appeal against the Uttarakhand high court order, the Supreme Court, while emphasising that the speaker is the master of the assembly, asked the Centre whether the delay in a floor test could be a ground for proclamation of President’s rule.

“Is disqualification of MLAs by the Speaker a relevant issue for the purpose of invoking President’s rule under Article 356,” the court wanted to know.

The Supreme Court also asked if proceedings in the assembly can be considered by the president when imposing Central rule.

“Could the Governor have sent the message in the present manner under Article 175 (2) to conduct a floor test,” the bench asked the Centre.