Orissa Governor submits controversial trust vote report to President

March 20th, 2009 - 2:49 pm ICT by ANI  

Pratibha Patil

New Delhi, Mar. 20 (ANI): Orissa Governor M C Bhandare has submitted his report on the trust vote that took place in the state assembly to President Pratibha Patil. The report includes details of the assembly proceedings of March 11 when Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik won the controversial trust vote, which has been challenged by both the Congress and the BJP. According to a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson, Bhandare met Patil on Wednesday and submitted his report. The report has been sent to the Prime Minister’’s Office and the Ministry of Home Affairs for appropriate action, the spokesperson added. Earlier, opposition Congress and BJP members had alleged manipulation in the trust vote, and said that the Speaker had “adopted” a voice vote route to make the government win the trust vote instead of going for a division. The passage of the confidence motion through a voice vote was termed as a “murder of democracy” by the opposition, which demanded imposition of President’’s rule. The Speaker, however, claimed that no norm had been violated in handling the motion moved the Chief Minister Patnaik. With a two-phased polls scheduled in the state on April 16 and 23, Orrisa is already in election mode. (ANI)

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