No-trust motion rejected, Uttarakhand assembly adjourned sine die

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.

PTI



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

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