Ashok Gehlot wins trust vote in Rajasthan

January 3rd, 2009 - 9:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Jaipur, Jan 3 (IANS) The Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan won a vote of confidence in the state assembly Saturday.The Congress, falling short of the clear majority, had won 96 of the 200 assembly seats in Rajasthan and Governor S.K. Singh had asked the government to prove its majority in the house in a month’s time.

Eleven of the independent lawmakers had announced their support to the government. Gehlot has given ministerial berth to four of these legislators.

To the surprise of many, six of the Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) also supported the Congress government in the state assembly when the trust vote motion was moved.

Rajendra Singh Gudha, leader of the BSP legislature party, said the party’s support would be issue based.

Soon after winning the trust vote, Gehlot said some of the decisions taken by the former Bharatiya Janata Party government would be re-examined.

He said his party’s aim is to provide a sensitive and transparent government.

Gehlot, 57, acknowledged as the main architect of the Congress’ comeback in the state, was Dec 13 sworn in as the Rajasthan chief minister.

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