BJD favours division in cut motion

Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Tuesday said it was in favour of division of votes on the Opposition- sponsored cut motion on the finance bill in Lok Sabha and issued whip to its members to remain present in the House.

Last Updated: Apr 27, 2010, 16:17 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Tuesday
said it was in favour of division of votes on the Opposition-
sponsored cut motion on the finance bill in Lok Sabha and
issued whip to its members to remain present in the House.

"There should be no confusion on BJD`s stand on the cut
motion. BJD wants to register its votes on the issue,"
Bhartruhari Mahtab, BJD`s whip in Lok Sabha, told PTI over
phone.

The party has 14 members in Lok Sabha.
However, BJD has alleged that Congress was attempting to
create a situation to avoid vote on the issue.

"BJD is also opposed to UPA government`s act of hiking
the price of fertilisers and petroleum products," he said.

The regional party, which disassociated itself from the
NDA before the general election last year, remained neutral by
not being part of any combine.

"BJD will fight for the interest of the state and not be
part of either the NDA or the UPA," party president and chief
minister Naveen Patnaik had said after last general election.

Of the 21 Lok Sabha seats in Orissa, BJD had won 14 while
Congress came out victorious in six seats. The remaining one
seat went in favour of CPI.

PTI