Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan government Monday defeated the no-confidence motion against it by 87-40 in Assembly. The Assembly has been adjourned sine-die.
While replying to the trust motion Chief Minister Vijayan spoke for a record 3 hours 45 minutes. Two members of the Jose faction of Kerala Congress, technically a UDF ally, abstained from the debate and the vote.
Instead of electronic voting, the Speaker asked the members to stand depending on whether they supported or opposed the motion. While 40 members in the 140-seat Assembly supported the motion, 87 of them opposed it. The ruling LDF has 90 members in the Assembly and its victory was a foregone conclusion.
The Congress-led UDF had moved the no-confidence motion against the CPM-led government in Kerala Monday, primarily over the gold smuggling case. In the case, a former top bureaucrat in the chief minister’s office is allegedly under investigation.
Congress leader VD Satheeshan, backed by UDF partners IUML and the Kerala Congress PJ Joseph faction, has moved the motion. Apart from the smuggling racket, the UDF also included the alleged corruption in the government’s flagship housing project ‘Life Mission’. Besides, it added the administration’s engagement of a corporate law firm for legal advice about the bidding of Thiruvananthapuram airport privatisation move in the motion.