Opposition protests minority Koda government clearing files

August 18th, 2008 - 8:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, Aug 18 (IANS) The opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Jharkhand Monday protested against the Madhu Koda government holding cabinet meetings and clearing files relating to many projects despite being reduced to a minority in the state legislature.The cabinet meeting started at 1 p.m. Monday and lasted for more than three hours.

The departmental secretaries were summoned for the cabinet meeting and files were cleared, said sources.

Though Governor Syed Sibte summoned Koda at 3 p.m., the chief minister requested that the time be fixed for 4 p.m. due to the cabinet meeting. All the Independent ministers were present at the cabinet meeting. According to sources, many projects relating to the assembly constituencies of Independent legislators-cum ministers were cleared at the meeting.

Terming the meeting illegal and a violation of the constitution, the BJP said: “How can a minority government hold cabinet meetings and clear important files? We demand that the governor stop Koda from doing this.”

Reacting to the allegation, a minister in the Koda government told IANS: “Who says our government is in the minority? Majority is decided on the floor of the house.”

The JMM withdrew support to the 23-month-old Koda government Sunday evening, reducing it to a minority. In the 82-member house, Koda now enjoys the support of only 25 legislators.

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