No-trust motion against Joda municipality chairperson rejected

Keonjhar: The no-confidence motion against the chairperson of Joda municipality was set aside on Saturday as the councilors did not turn up to vote in stipulated time.

Sources said out of total 14, 12 councilors, six each from BJD and Congress moved a no confidence motion on October 16 against their Chairperson Manjula Patra from BJD.

Following the motion, Keonjhar Collector had set November 28 for voting. However, no member of the council came for voting by noon forcing Champua sub-collector to declare the motion void.

“I waited till 12.30 pm as presiding officer. But, no member came for voting. So, the motion against the chairperson was rejected. Manjula Patra would serve as the chairperson of Joda civic body like earlier”, Santosh Kumar Mishra, Champua sub-collector, said.

It is said that State Cabinet’s approval to a proposal to amend statutory provisions to include anti-defection measures in urban local bodies has foiled the councilors’ move to dethrone the chairperson.

Odisha Cabinet had approved amendments to the Odisha Municipal Corporation Act, 2003, Odisha Municipal Act, 1950, and Odisha Zila Parishad Act, 1991, to introduce anti-defection provisions to disqualify members, including Independents, who switched political alliances after getting elected.