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Koda wins trust vote in Jharkhand

The Koda-led UPA Govt wins the day with 41 votes in the 82-member house. Will Koda bring an end to Jharkhand's woes?

india Updated: Sep 20, 2006 14:19 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda on Wednesday proved his majority on the floor of the Assembly in the absence of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) which refused to participate in the trust vote.

The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, headed by Koda, an independent, won the day with 41 votes in the 82-member house in its favour.

The opposition NDA, which fell from power last week, stayed away from the proceedings saying that an acting speaker (Pradeep Balmuchu) could not preside over the trust vote.

The lone Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist (CPI-ML) legislator, Vinod Singh, was on the opposition benches. The UPA had counted him in when the Munda government was ousted.

"The CPI-ML is not a part of the UPA and therefore there is no question of supporting it," Singh said.

Koda was sworn in on September 18 as the fifth chief minister of Jharkhand in six years since November 2000, when the state was carved out of Bihar.

First Published: Sep 20, 2006 11:28 IST