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Uttarakhand crisis: All eyes on High Court as Cong moves petition

Sources said the double bench of the High Court is likely to hear the petition later in the day.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2016 15:27 IST
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Former CM Harish Rawat addresses a press conference in Dehradun.
Former CM Harish Rawat addresses a press conference in Dehradun.(Hindustan Times Photo)

The Congress party moved a petition before the Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday, objecting to the permission given to the nine rebel Congress legislators to participate in former Chief Minister Harish Rawat’s floor test on Thursday.

Former parliamentary affairs minister Indra Hridyesh is camping in Nainital with a team of lawyers. Sources said the double bench of the High Court is likely to hear the petition later in the day.

Last Saturday, the union cabinet recommended President’s rule in the state after Rawat was allegedly seen striking a deal for rebel legislators in a sting video. BJP sources say party is mulling if they should also petition against the court’s order.

“The court decision has some contradictions. The Speaker has disqualified rebels and it appears the Speaker right’s have been encroached upon,” Congress legislator Navprabhat said.

Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi is likely to challenge the single bench decision. On the political front, both the Congress and the BJP are keeping an eye on the High Court. Ambika Soni, Congress general secretary and state in-charge will reach the capital soon to chalk out a strategy. BJP’s top leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya and Shyam Jaju are also camping in Doon. They will meet with party legislators.