Kottayam: The Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) has lost its power in the Kottayam Municipality after a no-confidence motion tabled by LDF was backed by BJP on Friday. With this, the six-month rule of the UDF has finally come to an end. The UDF and LDF have 22 members each in the 52-member city council. The resolution got a backing of 29 votes.
There was no majority for any party in Kottayam Municipality. The UDF initially had 21 seats, LDF had 22 seats and BJP eight seats. However, with the arrival of Bincy Sebastian, an independent member from Gandhinagar South, the strength of UDF rose to 22 and Bincy became the chairperson.
BJP whipped its members to support the no-confidence motion and it was certain that the UDF rule would come to an end in Kottayam. Several UDF members abstained from voting. However, the quorum was fulfilled as the BJP members backed the no-confidence motion. The total number of members who supported the motion was 29; after one vote became invalid. With this, Kottayam became the second municipality in the district after Erattupetta, where the UDF ruling came to an end.