No-trust motion rejected, Uttarakhand assembly adjourned sine die
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Last Updated: Friday, March 26, 2010, 19:58
Dehradun: The Uttarakhand assembly was on Friday adjourned sine die amid pandemonium after Speaker Harbans Kapoor rejected a no-confidence motion against the BJP government.

As the House assembled for the day, Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank asked Kapoor to take up the no-confidence motion, suspending the Question Hour as his government was confident of its majority in the House.

Opposing the move, the Congress members led by the leader of the opposition Harak Singh Rawat, trooped into the well and started shouting slogans against the government.

Amid din, the Speaker asked the members to raise their hands in support of the motion. Since all the Congress members were in the well, Speaker found no support for the motion and he immediately rejected it.

Kapoor then asked the agitating Congress members to take their seats. As his pleas were unheard, Kapoor adjourned the House repeatedly till lunch break.

When the House reassembled for post-lunch proceedings, the opposition members were again in the well protesting the Speaker's decision to reject their motion.

Amid noisy scenes, however, the government completed the business of the House including the passage of the budget. Later Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prakash Pant put a proposal to end the budget session alleging that opposition did not want to run the house.

At this, the Speaker adjourned the House sine die.

Nishank later told reporters he enjoys confidence of the House and his government would complete its 5-year tenure.

He accused the Congress of bringing no-confidence motion of gaining cheap publicity and claimed that the opposition was not united on the motion as only 14-15 members had signed the motion.

The CM also said Congress was not happy with the achievements of the BJP government under which GDP growth in the state is better than the national average and the per capita income in the state has now touched Rs 41,000 from Rs 14,000 in 2000.

Rawat said that Speaker should not have taken up the no-trust motion at a time when the House was witnessing chaotic scenes.

Moreover, the motion should have come in the zero hour, the opposition leader told reporters.

However, he maintained that the Congress never wanted to bring down the government but was merely trying to lodge their protest against government's apathy towards the problems of the people.


First Published: Friday, March 26, 2010, 19:58

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