Cong slams BJP for not releasing video footage of trust vote

  • Surendra P Gangan, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 01, 2014 22:36 IST

The Congress and an RTI activist are crying foul over the Assembly speaker’s decision to withhold the video footage of the trust vote on November 12.

The legislative secretariat has denied access to the video footage, saying speaker Haribhau Bagade has not given permission.

After the trust vote, the Congress termed the BJP government unconstitutional and illegal.

It alleged that the saffron party had failed to follow procedure as it did not accept its demand of division of votes.

Congress MLA Amin Patel had applied to get the video footage of the house proceedings immediately after the trust vote.

“I have been told by the legislative secretariat that the speaker did not give permission to release the footage. If the BJP is confident that it has proved its majority on the floor of the house, there is no need to withhold the footage,” said Patel.

According to Congress leaders, house proceeding footage is handed over to a member within hours of the request.

Congress spokesperson Anant Gadgil said: “Let the footage be made public and the reality about the procedure will be brought to the fore.”

RTI activist Vihar Durve got the same answer when he requested for the video footage of the house proceedings.

“The reasons given for withholding the tape are unwarranted for. The letter I received from the secretariat said the speaker had not given permission. Moreover, since the office of the secretariat has been shifted to Nagpur for the winter session, it would not be in position to share the footage,” he said.

“The explanation is not in accordance with provision of the RTI Act and does not stand as per the law,” Durve added.

Principal secretary of legislature secretariat Anant Kalse said the footage has been withheld as per the speaker’s decision.

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