Something MPs in the ruling BJP are either under too much pressure to perform or are colour blind. Such an estimation can be made from the fact that 12 BJP members voted against a clause of the GST Bill in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday by mistake.
PTI reports that they pressed the red button instead of the green when Speaker Sumitra Mahajan put the Clause 2 of the Constitution Amendment Bill to division of votes.
A peeved Finance Minister Arun Jaitley spoke to Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy who, in turn, rushed to speak to the members who had ended up voting against their own government’s move.
The members were possibly instructed about how to use the electronic voting mechanism.
Amid Opposition objection, the clause was put to vote again. The re-division saw the number of votes against the government going down to five from 24 and the number of those supporting it went to 354 against 264 earlier. 364 members voted this time while only 297 had voted earlier.