The Supreme Court on Friday stayed till 27 April the judgment of the Uttarakhand High Court quashing the imposition of President's rule, giving a new turn to the continuing political drama in the state by restoring the Central rule there.
President's Rule will continue in the state, said the Supreme Court, until the Centre's plea challenging the Uttarakhand High Court's order is heard on 27 April.
According to a report in The Economic Times, a bench consisting of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Shivakriti Singh passed the ad interim order as Uttarakhand High Court's order was not available to the top court.
The Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday had allowed Harish Rawat to restore his position as chief minister and asked him to prove his majority in the state assembly which is due on 29 April.
The Congress unit in Uttarakhand had jubilant celebrations after the High Court order with many slamming the BJP-led government at the Centre for meddling in the internal affair of states. But after Supreme Court's directive on Friday, neither of the camps — BJP and Congress. However, a few leaders reacted to the latest development:
Harish Rawat, deposed chief minister of Uttarakhand
"This order is interim, till 27th, because SC didn't have HC's judgement copy. We will follow SC's judgement with due respect. All in all, the state is facing a huge issue. Until SC makes a final judgement, President's rule can't be revoked"
Vijay Bahuguna, former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
"Good judgement, quite hopeful that view of HC wont find favour with SC"
Kailash Vijayvargiya, national general secretary, BJP
"Harish Rawat took the CM office yesterday without permission of Governor"
Munna Singh Chauhan, BJP Spokesman
"By taking charge suo motu as Chief Minister, Rawat has created a constitutional crisis,"