Empty treasury kicks up row in Meghalaya assembly

Last Updated: Friday, June 4, 2010 - 21:55

Shillong: Empty treasury benches on Friday
kicked up a row in Meghalaya Assembly, with the Speaker forced
to defer a government resolution after a confusion over `voice
vote`.

When Speaker Charles Pyngrope called the "House to
order" after an hour`s break at 1 pm, except for the Chief
Minister Mukul Sangma, the treasury benches were empty, while
the Opposition was present almost in its full strength.
As Pyngrope called upon Home minister H D R Lyngdoh to
lay an important notification related to affairs in Garo Hills
Autonomous District (GHADC), he was seen scurrying towards his
chair just in time.

As he put government resolution for approval of the
order vide the notification for a voice vote, the house
clearly tied with eleven members on both sides. Amid the din
of `ayes` and `noes`, the Speaker ruled that the ruling party
had won following which the entire Opposition was up on their
feet to protest.

Opposition members, including P A Sangma and his
legislator sons Conrad (Leader of Opposition) and James
claimed that they had more members than the treasury during
the voice vote.

By then the treasury benches began to be occupied as
members from the ruling side started coming in and the
Speaker once again called for a voice vote.
Protesting the Speaker`s move, P A Sangma said, "When
put to voice vote, the treasury was not in majority, but
Opposition was. The resolution is important because GHADC has
been kept under suspension and Governor`s rule and members are
being kidnapped".

Amid the chaos, Pyngrope announced that since there
was a difference of opinion over the number of members present
during the voice vote, he has deferred laying of the
resolution to Monday.

Protesting the speaker?s move, P A Sangma said, "When
put to voice vote, the treasury was not in majority, but
Opposition was. The resolution is important because GHADC has
been kept under suspension and Governor`s rule and members are
being kidnapped".

Amid the chaos, Speaker Pyngrope announced that since
there was a difference of opinion over the number of members
present during the voice vote, he has deferred laying of the
resolution till the next day of government business on Monday.

PTI



First Published: Friday, June 4, 2010 - 21:55

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