The division bench accepted the Centre's plea challenging the  single-judge bench's order of Tuesday allowing the March 31 floor test for the ousted Harish Rawat government. The two-judge bench of the high court comprising Chief Justice KM Joseph and Justice VK Bisht also fixed April 6 as the next date of hearing.

The central government is expected to file an affidavit on its stand on the dispute regarding suspension of the state assembly and imposition of President's Rule in the hill state.

The division bench's decision has come as a reprieve for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Narendra Modi government, which had justified imposition of President's Rule in the state.

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