BJD expels party lawmaker for voting for government

July 23rd, 2008 - 12:56 am ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, July 22 (IANS) Orissa’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Tuesday evening expelled Harihara Swain one of its 11 members in the Lok Sabha for voting for the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government that won a confidence vote in parliament. The BJD had issued a whip Sunday, asking all its MPs to vote against the Congress-led UPA government during trust vote.

Swain, who represents Aska constituency, had differences with party supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

He supported the UPA government to express his anger against Patnaik, his supporters said.

“Proceedings will be started to disqualify him from Lok Sabha membership,” Patnaik told reporters, adding that Swain has also been expelled from the party.

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