HC dismisses petition of nine Congress MLAs

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In a boost to sacked Chief Minister Harish Rawat, the Uttarakhand High Court on Monday (May 9) dismissed the petition of nine Congress MLAs against their disqualification, a decision that will bar them from participating in the confidence vote proceedings in the Assembly tomorrow. Justice U C Dhyani pronounced his order on the petition challenging Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal’s decision disqualifying them after they joined hands with the BJP during proceedings on the Appropriation Bill on March 18. Today’s order of the high court ensures that their disqualification stays and will keep the rebel MLAs out of the proceedings during the confidence vote for Rawat in the Assembly tomorrow ordered by the Supreme Court last week. Ordering a floor test on May 10 in the Assembly, the Supreme Court had said “if they (disqualified MLAs) have the same status” at the time of vote of confidence, they cannot participate in the House.A specially convened two-hour-long session during which the President’s Rule will be kept in abeyance will be held between 11 AM and 1 PM for a “single agenda” of floor test, a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh had said.

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