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U'khand: BJP Pressurizes Cong to Seek Trust Vote

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U'khand: BJP Pressurizes Cong to Seek Trust Vote
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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 trust vote.

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 Governor.

"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.

When the house reassembled, the BJP members were again on their feet over the issue. Kunjwal tried to pacify the members stating that the government has already proved its majority by winning the Speaker's election and they should first allow the motion of thanks to be tabled before raising other issues.

But the pandemonium and uproar continued and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Indira Hridayesh tabled the motion of thanks. The house was later adjourned till 1600 hours.

Later, talking to reporters, Nishank said the Bahuguna government has no existence till it proves its majority on the floor of the house. "Bahuguna government is a minority government and we do not recognise it. Until it proves majority in the house, it has no moral right to start normal functioning," said Nishank.

They (Congress) had got only one seat more than us and they should face a trust vote in the house, said Rajkumar Thukral, another BJP MLA.

In the recently-held Assembly elections, the Congress got 32 seats while BJP managed to win 31 seats. However, the Congress managed to get support from three independents, 3-member BSP and lone member from Uttarakhand Kranti Dal to form the new government.
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