Trust vote:Bahuguna flays BJP for staging walk-out
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 18:13
Dehra Dun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna on Thursday slammed BJP for staging a walk-out during the voting on the trust motion and said the opposition party did not take part in the exercise it lacked the number.

"This is ironical that BJP members staged a walk-out during voting on trust motion which they were demanding for the past two days. The same voting system was followed 27 times earlier in the country during such votes. I think they (BJP) did not take participate (in the voting) as they do not have the number, " Bahuguna told reporters after winning the trust vote by 39 votes on the floor of the 70-member assembly.

He said his government decided to bring the trust motion after BJP disrupted the assembly proceedings, including the Governor's address, on the ground that he is heading a minority government.

"Though we had already proved our majority in the election of the Speaker, we brought the trust vote to clear the doubts which were being created by opposition members," he said.

Bahuguna said that at a meeting of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) this morning, he himself had proposed that the government should face a trust vote on the floor of the House to clear the doubts regarding the majority.

The meeting was also attended by Virbhadra Singh and Chaudhary Birendra Singh as special representatives of the Congress high command. Union Minister Harish Rawat also joined the meeting later.

Bahuguna said the people of the state gave a mandate to Congress and it staked the claim with the support of BSP, UKD and independents to form the government by submitting to the Governor a letter of support of 39 MLAs and the party was invited to form the government.

"I think BJP is still finding it difficult to digest the fact that they have been voted out of power", he said.

He said BJP was dreaming of forming the government "due to some internal crisis in Congress" but internal fighting in BJP are "much more severe" and they are yet to decide the leader of the opposition.

"This is a history that the chair of leader of the opposition is vacant while House proceedings are going on. I have not found such a case anywhere else," he said.

He also appealed to BJP to participate in the discussion over the Governor's address and vote-on-account to move forward the hill state on the path of development.

"We need your (BJP) cooperation for the development of Uttarakhand. So, please don't boycott the House proceedings and play a constructive role," he said.


First Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 18:13

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