New Delhi, May 6: The floor test in the Uttarakhand assembly will be held on May 10th. However the nine disqualified MLAs will not be entitled to vote the Supreme Court has ruled today. The Supreme Court directed that the floor test be held between 11 AM and 1 PM on May 10th.
The SC observed that on May 10th President's rule would be suspended for two hours. Further the court also directed that the entire floor test proceedings be videographed. The proceedings will be held under the court appointed observer.
The order comes in the wake of the Union Government telling the Supreme Court that it is agreeable to a floor test being conducted in Uttarakhand. The attorney general told the Supreme Court that a floor test could be conducted in Uttarakhand and the same should be monitored by the court.
On Wednesday the Supreme Court had sought to know from the government if it was agreeable to a floor test being conducted in Uttarakhand under the supervision of the court. The centre had sought time until Friday to give its response.
The AG while making submissions before the Bench said that the Supreme Court must appoint an observer to oversee the process in the assembly.
The AG also said that there should be just one agenda and that is the floor test. He also said that a retired Chief Election Commissioner should be appointed as the observer to oversee the floor test.
A major legal battle had broken out after President's rule was imposed in Uttarakhand. The High Court had struck down the imposition of President's rule following which the Union Government challenged the same in the Supreme Court.
The court had stayed the order of the High Court and later sought the opinion of the Union Government on the feasibility of holding a floor test.