Dehra Dun: The main opposition BJP in
Uttarakhand today mounted pressure on Congress-led Vijay
Bahuguna government to seek a trust vote forcing repeated
adjournments of the Assembly and lodging a protest before
Governor Margaret Alva on the issue.
As soon as the house assembled for the day, BJP members
led by former Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and
Harbans Kapoor were on their feet demanding the state
government bring a trust vote to prove its majority on the
floor of the house.
Criticising the government`s decision not to bring a
separate vote of confidence in the house, the BJP members
alleged that the government is flouting the democratic norms
as it is not sure that it would be able to sail through the
The BJP members said whenever the ruling party failed to
touch the mark of majority, a trust vote is mandatory.
"This is a normal practice. It has happened earlier also
at least 27 times at the centre and 17 times in the Uttar
Pradesh," claimed Kapoor, a BJP MLA and former Speaker.
Later, the BJP members trooped into the well to press for
their demand and shouted slogans against the government
ignoring repeated pleas from the Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal.
As the din continued, Kunjwal adjourned the house first
till 1137 hrs and then 1220 hrs.
Earlier, a five-member BJP MLAs delegation comprising
state President Bishan Singh Chufal, Madan Kaushik, Banshidhar
Bhagat, Kapoor and Nishank went to Rajbhavan and submitted a
memorandum on the issue to lodge their protest before the
"We have requested the Governor to direct the state
government to bring a trust vote and prove its majority on the
floor of the house within a specified time frame," said
Kaushik. He claimed that the Governor gave a patient hearing
to them and assured them that she would look into the issue.