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HC to resume hearing on rebel Cong MLAs’ plea today

The Nainital high court will resume the hearing on nine rebel Congress MLAs’ petition, challenging their disqualification by the state Assembly Speaker, on Monday.

The High Court’s decision on Monday is likely to decide the fate of the nine MLAs, who spearheaded political crises in Uttarakhand on March 18 – leading to the suspension of the Harish Rawat government.   

The nine legislators will present their contention before the Single Bench of Justice UC Dhyani, which had on Saturday recorded the arguments of counsel Kapil Sibal, appearing for Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal.

If the decision goes in the favour of the rebel MLAs, then the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would not wait to prove its majority in the Assembly.

Ajay Bhatt, chief of state BJP unit, said: “I am sure the rebel MLAs will get justice from court and would be allowed to vote during the floor test.”

“They never revolted against the Congress, but demanding a change of guard. Unheard demands led to a series of unwanted happenings. Had the Congress high command acted swiftly by observing the situations on March 18, there would have been no political crisis in the hill state,” he added.
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