Patnaik wins trust vote amid walkout (Lead)

March 11th, 2009 - 3:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, March 11 (IANS) Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik won a trust vote in the state assembly Wednesday amid a walkout by the opposition protesting the manner in which the motion had been taken up.
Despite vociferous opposition from the opposition, Speaker Kishor Mohanty put the motion moved by the government to a voice vote and declared it had won majority support in the 147-member house.

Questioning Governor M.C. Bhandare’s propriety in convening the house, Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members created bedlam and later walked out when their objections were ignored.

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 BJP withdrew support to Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJP), reducing it to a minority in the legislature following the breakdown of seat-sharing talks ahead of the Lok Sabha election.

Barring the Congress, smaller parties and some independents immediately announced their support to Patnaik, who had aligned with the BJP more than a decade ago.

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