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PROTEST: Opposition members raising slogans in front of Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat president Sushma Janardhan during a special meeting of the panchayat in Mangalore on Thursday. Photo: R. Eswarraj
PROTEST: Opposition members raising slogans in front of Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat president Sushma Janardhan during a special meeting of the panchayat in Mangalore on Thursday. Photo: R. Eswarraj

Staff Correspondent

18 members vote in favour of no-trust motion against Dharanendra Kumar

  • Opposition members raise slogans, stage dharna
  • They demanded a discussion on the motion

    MANGALORE: Chaos reigned at the special general meeting of Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat convened to vote on a no-confidence motion moved by a majority of the panchayat members against vice-president P. Dharanendra Kumar, here on Thursday.

    Although the House voted 18-0 in favour of the motion, the 75 minute-long proceedings was marked by sloganeering and dharna by the Opposition members.

    Seventeen Opposition members, including two from Janata Dal (Secular), insisted that the panchayat president Sushma Janardhan, who chaired the meeting, allow them to present their views on the motion.

    Eighteen members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Janata Dal (S) combine urged Ms. Janardhan to put the motion to vote without any discussion, as discussion was not part of the agenda.

    Sundar Gowda from Congress sought to know why the ruling combine had moved the no-trust motion against Mr. Kumar who is from Janata Dal (S), and if there were any complaints against him.

    The Opposition members insisted that the voting take place only after discussion. They wanted to know the reasons which prompted the ruling combine to move the motion against Mr. Kumar. Krishna Amin, a Congress member, and Babu Mugera Yernody, a Janata Dal (S) member who is supporting Mr. Kumar, were vociferous in their demand seeking a discussion. The Opposition turned down Ms. Janardhan's proposal to have a five-minute discussion on the motion or to have a detailed discussion after the motion was put to vote.

    The motion was put to vote amid heated exchanges, and 18 members raised their hands in its favour. When the president asked those opposing the motion to vote, none of them raised their hands.

    Ms. Janardhan subsequently announced that the motion had been adopted by 18-0 votes. The Opposition members shouted slogans against Ms. Janardhan for not allowing a detailed discussion.

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