Lone BJP legislator O Rajagopal voted for the CPI (M) candidate in the election for the post of Kerala Assembly Speaker held Friday. CPI (M) nominee P Sreeramakrishnan, who was elected as the Speaker, got 92 votes against the 46 that were cast in favour of Congress candidate V P Sajeendran.
Although Congress-led UDF has 47 members in the Assembly, one legislator voted for the LDF candidate, leaving the UDF embarrassed. Congress state president V M Sudheeran said it could not be considered as an accidental lapse on part of a UDF legislator. The Opposition leader would look into the matter, Sudheeran said.
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CPI (M)-led LDF has 91 members in the Assembly. Of them, CPI (M) legislator S Sharma did not cast his vote as he was in the chair as the protem speaker. Hence, CPI (M) candidate should have got only 90 votes but instead he received one vote from a UDF legislator and another from BJP’s Rajagopal. Independent legislator P C George made his vote invalid by placing the ballot paper in the box.
While Rajagopal said he voted for the CPI (M) candidate as the Opposition stated it did not want the BJP vote, Sudheeran said Rajagopal’s vote has reinforced the nexus between BJP and CPI (M).