Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 3:
State Election Commission (SEC), Odisha today completed its hearing in the Keonjhar Municipality trust vote case. The SEC has however, kept its verdict reserved in the matter, since a case pertaining to the issue is pending in the Orissa High Court.
On the other hand, councillors from both sides were present during the hearing today while their lawyers presented their side of the argument.
Both the parties expressed satisfaction over the proceedings and hoped that the verdict would go in their favour.
“We are happy over the proceedings. The councillors from both the sides presented their argument and the Commissioner completed the hearing today. The Commission has kept the verdict,” said rebel councillor Sushree Sangeeta Nanda.
Notably, BJD had moved SEC against nine of its rebel councillors after its Kendujhargarh Municipality chairperson Meena Majhi lost in the no-trust motion on December 28.
While BJD cited violation of anti-defection law and sought the disqualification of the nine rebels under Section 17 of the Odisha Municipal Act, 1950 (Odisha Municipal Laws (Second Amendment) Act, 2015, the rebel councillors—Sushree Sangeeta Nanda, Dillip Kumar Behera, Swarnalata Sahu, Prabhati Patnaik, Sabita Sethi, Kumudini Nayak, Satrughna Nayak and Sunil Kumar Nayak— had urged the SEC not to disqualify them under the amended law as they had resigned from BJD back on January 24.