Dehra Dun: The Vijay Bahuguna government on Thursday comfortably won a trust vote in the Uttarakhand Assembly with 39 MLAs voting in its favour amid a noisy walkout by opposition BJP members. (Agencies)
31 Congress legislators and 8 non-BJP members supported the trust motion tabled by Bahuguna, Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal informed the House. With the nomination of an Anglo-Indian member, the strength of the Assembly has gone up to 71.
The non-BJP members comprised three independents, three from the BSP, one from the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal and one nominated Ango-Indian member R V Gardner.
Raising slogans, 31 members of the main opposition BJP marched out of the Assembly demanding that secret ballot system should have been used for voting on the motion.
"This is totally unconstitutional that the government did not accept our demand for secret ballot," said Ajay Bhatt, a senior BJP MLA.
As soon as the House assembled for the day, Bahuguna tabled the one-line motion, saying he wanted to prove his majority on the floor of the House in view of the opposition demand.
"The members of the opposition have been stating for the past two days that my government does not have majority in the House. This is wrong as we have already proved our majority during the election of the Speaker," he said. The BJP nominee was defeated by ruling party's Kunjwal who got 39 votes in his favour.
"Still, in line of the healthy tradition of the democracy, I want to table a trust motion on the floor of the House," Bahuguna said while urging the Speaker to order a division of votes.
However, the opposition members were on their feet demanding that secret ballot system be used for voting on the motion. Later, they walked into the well of the House to press for their demand and staged a noisy walk-out.
A physical count of the members voting in favour of the motion was also undertaken by the Speaker.
Dehra Dun: The Vijay Bahuguna government on Thursday comfortably won a trust vote in the Uttarakhand Assembly with 39 MLAs voting in its favour amid a noisy walkout by opposition BJP members.