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Uttarakhand crisis: Centre told to reply by April 12; hearing on April 18

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Dehradun: The Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday again adjourned the hearing on petition of imposition of President Rule in the state and an ordinance bill passed by the Centre till 18th of this month.

While hearing the petition on imposition of Uttarakhand High Court and an Ordinance Bill throughout the day, the court ordered both the parties to present their submission in this regard by April 12.

The court stated that the next hearing will be heard on April 18.

The hearing will continue tomorrow again on a petition regarding the termination of assembly membership of nine rebel Congress MLAs.

The court also ordered that the stay on Judgement of the single bench will remain in force till 19th of this month.

The Centre, in a dramatic move, dismissed the Congress government and imposed President’s rule in the state citing breakdown of governance.

Not amused by the step, Chief Minister Harish Rawat termed it as the ‘murder of democracy’.

With the move coming weeks after President’s rule was imposed in Arunachal Pradesh, an angry Congress claimed that the BJP had stooped to a new low and would challenge the order in court.

The crisis in the hill state erupted on March 18 when nine Congress MLAs rebelled against Rawat’s government, resulting in flip-flop in the passage of the Appropriation Bill. The BJP met the governor the same day and staked claim to form the government.(ANI)

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