Naveen Patnaik wins trust vote

March 11th, 2009 - 2:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, March 11 (IANS) Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik won a trust vote in the state assembly Wednesday amid pandemonium caused by the Congress objecting to the motion on a technicality.
The motion was passed by voice vote.

The Congress maintained that the timing of the motion was not correct because the model code of conduct had come into force ahead of the April-May Lok Sabha elections.

The trust vote arose after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) withdrew legislative support to Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJP), reducing it to a minority in the 147-member house following the breakdown of seat-sharing talks between them.

Barring the Congress, smaller parties and some independents immediately came to the rescue of Patnaik.

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