Uttarakhand Crisis: Centre Agrees To Floor Test

06/05/2016 12:57 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 22: Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi and senior advocate Nalin Kohli briefing the media persons about the decision on Uttrakhand Government at Supreme Court on April 22, 2016 in New Delhi, India. The Supreme Court ruled that till its next hearing on Wednesday, Uttarakhand will remain under President's Rule. In its decision, Uttarakhand High Court has quashed the order of President’s rule in the state and directed Chief Minister Harish Rawat of the Congress to floor test on April 29, 2016. (Photo by Sushil Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- The Centre on Friday agreed to hold a floor test in the Uttarakhand Assembly under the supervision of the Supreme Court.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the apex court to appoint an observer and that it should be a retired Chief Election Commissioner

The date of the floor test is to be ascertained by the top court.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Attorney General told the apex court that the government has not been able to form an opinion on the subject and asked for two more days to come up with a decision.

However, the apex court clarified that it would hold a final hearing to dispose of this matter quickly if the Centre says no to the floor test suggestion.

Rohatgi told the media later the Supreme Court has made it clear that even if the floor test is to take place, it will not mean the restoration of status quo ante.

"Which means the position at the time when the President's rule was imposed won't be restored. Namely of a chief minister and a government, so that position is out," he said.

"The actual modalities will be decided by the court, even in relation to the nine disqualified persons because their petition is pending," he added.

An apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra had on 27 April directed the continuation of President's rule in Uttarakhand.

The Centre had imposed President's rule in the state on 27 March.

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