GUWAHATI: GHC Orders Floor Test in BTC within Dec 26 : The Gauhati high court on Tuesday has ordered a floor test to elect the new chief executive member (CEM) of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).
The GHC court orders Floor Test came after Hagrama Mohilary led Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) moved the high court complaining of violation of several constitutional provisions while appointing the new CEM and other members of BTC.
BPF despite emerged as the single largest party in the recently concluded BTC polls, could not get a majority. Out of the total of 40 seats in BTC, BPF won 17 seats whereas one of its winning candidates has already joined BJP bringing the number down to 16.
Hagrama though sought for a week’s time from the Governor to prove his majority, the latter accepted the stakes of United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL)-BJP and Gana Shakti Party (GSP) coalition to form the next council. The coalition formed the executive council with 22. While UPPL bagged 12 seats, BJP got nine and GSP managed to win only one seat.
The petitioner alleged that despite having the single largest party, BPF was not given the opportunity to prove its majority on the floor of the House.
On Tuesday, after hearing both sides, the court ordered a composite floor test to elect the new CEM. In the floor test, the elected members will be able to cast their trust votes.
The court has also stayed the appointment of six nominated members of the council and asked the council not to take any policy decision.
As per the court direction, the floor test should be conducted within December 26.
The matter was fixed on January 11 for next hearing.