Orissa Governor MC Bhandare on Thursday summoned advocate general BK Mohanty to discuss the constitutional propriety of the voice vote through which the confidence motion was passed by the assembly. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had won the trust vote on Wednesday. As there was no division following the voice vote, actual votes in favour of the government weren’t recorded.
Speaker Kishore Kumar Mohanty, the man accused of acting in haste to ensure that the government survived, has said video recording of the proceedings showed there was no breach of rules.
There is speculation that the governor may ask the BJD government to seek a trust vote again. But Raj Bhavan is silent on the issue. A Raj Bhavan source said: “It’s an extraordinary situation. Never before has a vote of confidence been passed by voice vote.”
Defending his role, the Speaker said, “After the voice vote, constitutional rules require a demand to be placed for a division vote or a headcount. I waited for two minutes but there was no such demand. The video recordings of the proceedings prove this.”
Kishore Kumar Mohanty met the governor on Wednes-day and both sat through the video recording. The governor is likely to officially respond only on Friday because Holi was celebrated in the state on Thursday.
Narasingha Mishra, deputy leader of Congress in the House, has stated that he asked for a division, but the Speaker didn’t oblige. Congress and BJP leaders met the governor twice on Wednesday seeking dismissal of the BJD government.