Chandy challenges LDF on `bogus voting` issue

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday termed as "unfortunate" the charge by the LDF that the ruling UDF combine passed the Vote on Account Bill in the Assembly by bogus voting.

Updated: Jul 26, 2011, 15:44 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister
Oommen Chandy on Tuesday termed as "unfortunate" the charge by the
LDF that the ruling UDF combine passed the Vote on Account
Bill in the Assembly by bogus voting and demanded Opposition
leader V S Achuthanandan to disclose names of those involved
in the act.

Chandy said as leader of the House he was ready to take
the responsibility if any such malpractice had taken place
during voting on the bill on July 20.

"The list of persons who voted in the House is with
legislature secretariat and let the Opposition say who in
that list had cast fake vote," he told reporters during a
cabinet briefing. UDF had 70 members when the voting took
place and LDF had 67.

The budget session of the Kerala Assembly came to a
stormy end on July 20 with CPI(M)-led LDF opposition
disrupting proceedings, accusing the Congress-led UDF of
deliberately delaying division on Vote on Account to muster
enough strength.

LDF members alleged that Speaker G Karthikeyan allowed
Finance Minister K M Mani to prolong his speech to enable UDF
members outside the House at the time to get back to their
seats and ensure that the government carried the vote.

PTI