New Delhi: Knives were out in the Opposition camp to deal with MPs who cross-voted and abstained that helped the UPA government to win the trust vote with the BJD in Orissa setting the ball rolling by expelling one MP.
Harihar Swain was expelled by Biju Janata Dal, a constituent of the NDA, for violating the party whip by voting in favour of the confidence motion.
BJD supremo and chief minister Naveen Patnaik said in Bhbaneshwar that proceeedings will be started to disqualify Swain from Lok Sabha membership. Swain is a known detractor of Patnaik. When contacted, Swain said he voted according to his “inner voice”.
The TDP would initiate disciplinary action against two of its MPs — D K Adikeshavulu Naidu and M Jagannadham — who had defied the party and voted in favour of the UPA government, party leader K Yerran Naidu said in Hyderabad.
Shiromani Akali Dal is seeking an explanation from its MP who abstained.
Party general secretary Daljit Singh Cheema said the party has served a notice seeking an explanation from its MP Sukhdev Singh Libra who abstained from voting.
The top brass of the BJP was also meeting in New Delhi on how to proceed against its errant MPs.
TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu said after a meeting of non-UPA and non-NDA leaders in Delhi that cross-voting and abstentions allegedly engineered by the UPA government helped it to win the trust vote.
Referring to two TDPs voting for the government, Yerran Naidu said “this is a serious betryal and breach of trust. We will take it seriously and initiate disciplinary action against the erring members.
Accusing the ruling Congress of offering bribes to MPs to switch loyalities, Naidu said his party colleagues had come under severe pressure from the UPA lead player.
Fifteen MPs from the opposition including five from the BJP voted for the government while another nine MPs including four from the saffron party either abstained or absented. Besides five MPs from BJP and 2 MPs each from TDP and MDMK, one MP each from BJD, JD-S,JD-U, TRS, NPF and NLP voted for the government. The government got 275 votes against opposition tally of 256. Nine MPs abstained.
Of the nine MPs who either abstained or were absent, four were from BJP and one each from Shiv Sena, JD-U, Akali Dal, Trinamool Congress and MNF.