uttarakhand-highcourtUttarakhand High Court on Monday dismissed the petition challenging disqualification of nine rebel Congress MLAs.

All nine Congress MLAs will remain disqualified and may not be able to participate in tomorrow’s confidence vote.

The high court on Saturday had reserved its judgement for Monday. It is expected that the HC will pronounce its verdict at 10 am on May 9.

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered a floor test on May 10 in the Uttarakhand Assembly when sacked Chief Minister Harish Rawat will seek a vote of confidence in which the nine rebel Congress MLAs cannot participate if they continue to remain disqualified at the time of voting.

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 said.

With the top court order, the effective strength of the House will be reduced from 70 to 61 in which any party mustering the support of 31 MLAs will have the majority.