Uttarakhand rebel MLAs issue: High Court to pronounce verdict on May 9

While ordering the floor test on May 10, the Supreme Court had said that the disqualified MLAs cannot participate in the voting.

Updated - November 17, 2021 04:30 am IST

Published - May 07, 2016 02:11 pm IST - Nainital

The Uttarakhand High Court, on Saturday, reserved its verdict on the nine disqualified rebel Congress MLAs till May 9 — a day before former chief minister Harish Rawat’s floor test.

On Saturday, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Uttarakhand Assembly Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal, and senior advocate Amit Sibal, counsel for Congress Chief Whip Indira Hridayesh, concluded their arguments, stressing on the legitimacy of the disqualification.

On March 18, the nine Congress MLAs had stood against their party and supported the BJP by asking for a division of votes on the Appropriation Bill, Mr Sibal told the Single Judge Bench of Justice U.C. Dhyani.

‘Not against party’

However, senior lawyer C.A. Sundaram, counsel for the MLAs, argued that the rebels were against deposed chief minister Rawat but not against the Congress.

When the arguments by both sides concluded on Saturday, Justice Dhyani said that the “Order will be reserved till May 9 [Monday]”.

On Friday the Supreme Court had said the disqualified MLAs would not be able to cast their vote as long as their disqualification remained. Now with the Order being reserved for Monday, it remains unclear whether the nine MLAs would be able to cast their votes during the floor test.

Excluding the nine disqualified Congress “rebel” MLAs, the floor test will involve 27 Congress MLAs, 28 BJP MLAs, six PDF members and one nominated member. The total members to vote being 62, Mr Rawat will need 32 votes to be reinstated as the chief minister.

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