No confidence against Vyasanagar civic body chief dismissed

Jajpur: The no-trust motion against Vyasanagar civic body chairperson Sabita Rout in the district was dismissed as no councillor turned up to participate in the voting today.

“We waited till 12 noon and no one turned up for voting. So, the motion was rejected”, said Abdul Alim Khan, additional District Magistrate of Kalinga Nagar.

As per the rule, a 2/3 majority of the 26-member civic body was required for voting. So,18 members from the Municipality were needed”, Khan added.

The motion was brought against the chairperson for the second time in last three months.

Few days earlier, Rout was suspended from the BJD over disciplinary issues following which a formal no-trust vote was brought against her by 13 BJD councillors.

The Councillors, who had brought the motion, abstained from voting as the party did not issue a whip.

“We 13 BJD Councillors had requested the local MLA and the party chief Naveen Patnaik in written to issue whip before voting. As the whip was not issued, we decided to abstain from voting”, Subas Bal, Municipality vice chairperson, said.

Notably, Congress Councillors with the support of Rout’s party members had moved a no-confidence motion against her in September last year.

The motion was also dismissed in absence of required number of members.

Only nine members of the Congress had turned up that time, while the rest of the councillors of BJD and a lone independent councillor had abstained from voting.