Harish Rawat led Congress Government wins the Floor Test in Uttarakhand Assembly
Harish Rawat-led Congress Government has won the floor test in the state legislative assembly conducted on 10 May 2016 on the order of the Supreme Court.
In the floor test Harish Rawat Government recieved 33 votes against 28 votes out of 61 qualified members who voted in the assembly.
Based on this, the apex court has allowed Mr Rawat to assume office as Chief Minister after President’s rule is revoked in the state.
After the mandate of floor test in Uttarakhand Assembly, the Union Cabinet has taken decision to revoke President Rule in Uttarakhand.
- The Himalayan state had plunged into a political crisis after nine legislators from ruling Congress had revolted against the Chief Minister Harish Rawat.
- It had brought government into minority in the 70-member state legislature. Since then President Rule under Article 356 was imposed in Uttarakhand in March 2016.
- Prior to imposition of President Rule, 9 rebel legislators were disqualified by the speaker under the anti-defection law.
- However, Harish Rawat had challenged the President Rule in the Uttarakhand High Court which in its April 21, 2016 order had quashed the President Rule.
- Later, the Supreme Court on 5 May 2016 ordered to conduct of ‘composite floor test’ in the Uttarakhand legislative assembly based on its previous directives in the R. Bommai v. Union of India case.