Rawat to return as Uttarakhand CM, government tells SC

New Delhi, May 11:

The central government on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that ousted Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat had the legislative majority and his government would be restored as soon as President’s Rule was revoked in the hill state.

Harish Rawat
Harish Rawat

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi informed the court that Rawat got 33 votes in his favour while as 28 legislators voted against him in the floor test held on Tuesday.

He said the central government, which dismissed the Rawat-led Congress government on March 27 citing misgovernance, would withdraw President’s Rule on Wednesday.

“I am requesting we may be granted leave to revoke President’s Rule and thereafter Harish Rawat’s government will be restored,” Rohatgi told the court.

The attorney general said: “I have advised the government to take this course.”

As Rohatgi informed the Supreme Court of the floor test result, the bench, comprising Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh, modified its April 22 order. The judges had had on that day taken an undertaking from Rohatgi that President’s Rule won’t be revoked so long the top court was seized of the matter.

The court asked the central government to inform it by Thursday of its action on withdrawing President’s Rule. The next hearing of the matter has been listed for Friday.

The court, however, said it would hold hearing sometime in September on the central government’s plea challenging the Uttarakhand High Court order that quashed the President’s Rule on April 21. The then Uttarakhand Chief Justice K. M. Joseph had lashed out at the central government for acting like a “private party” and dismissing the state government by invoking Article 356.

The court said it was necessary to examine justifiability of the imposition of the President’s Rule as the same had been quashed by the high court citing several reasons. (IANS)

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