Parliament failed to take up for yet another day the no confidence motion against Narendra Modi government filed by Andhra Pradesh parties last week as protests by major southern parties led to both Houses being adjourned till Tuesday.
The motion has been filed by the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), both of which are unhappy at Andhra Pradesh not being given ‘special category status’.
The Opposition tried last Friday as well, but was unable to have the motion allowed following the House’s adjournment because of “lack of order”.
On Monday again, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan first adjourned the House till 12pm after protests by TDP, YSR Congress, Telangana Rashtra Samithi and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam over demands that Andhra Pradesh be given special status and the scam at Punjab National Bank.
“I am duty bound to bring the no-confidence motion… But cannot do that unless the house is in order,” said Mahajan before adjourning the House. It was the eleventh day that Lok Sabha was disrupted because of protests, said media reports.
Separately, the Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day without transacting any business.
“We want a discussion on the issue of no-confidence motion and we appeal to everyone that there should be discussion.” said home minister Rajnath Singh as he appealed MPs to end their protests.
YSR Congress was the first to give a notice last week for a no-trust motion after the Centre made it clear that it would not grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh. Not to be outdone by its main rival in the state, the TDP which was a long-time BJP ally and part of NDA, then decided to break its ties over the issue and brought a no-confidence motion of its own.
Both parties have been lobbying with opposition parties for support to their respective notices. A no-confidence motion notice must be supported by at least 50 MPs to be taken up in the House. The support of several opposition parties for the no-trust motion means there would be no problem in it being accepted.
The government earlier expressed confidence that the notices, even if they are admitted, will be defeated given its strength in Lok Sabha, where the ruling NDA has a clear majority: the NDA has the support of 315 members in the 543-member house–way above the half-way mark of 272, reports NDTV.
There were conflicting reports in media about the stand of BJP’s allies Shiv Sena and Biju Janta Dal – some saying they were yet to decide, while others said Shiv Sena has decided to abstain.
The current strength of the Lok Sabha is 539 (excluding the Speaker) and the ruling BJP has 275 members, more than the majority mark of 271, and enjoys the support of several allies. (The BJP’s 275 includes two nominated members and the Speaker.)
Of those who will support the no-confidence motion, the Congress has 48 MPs in the Lok Sabha, the Trinamool Congress has 34, the TDP has 16, the YSR Congress and the CPM have nine MPs each, the NPC has six, AAP and the RJD have four MPs each, and the AIMIM has one MP. In the ‘Others’ category, those supporting the motion number 13 MPs.
The parties that are staying neutral on the motion are the AIADMK, which has 37 MPS, the Biju Janata Dal with 20 MPs and the Telengana Rashtra Samiti, which has 11 MPs.