Opposition confused over 'no-confidence motion': MoS PMO

Opposition confused over 'no-confidence motion': MoS PMO

The Centre on Friday announced that it was ready to face a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha, saying that it had the numbers and was confident of defeating it.

YSR Congress and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) will push for acceptance of their notices for no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government when Lok Sabha meets on Monday amid no signs of a let-up in the Parliament deadlock. The support of several opposition parties for the no-trust motion means there would be no problem in it being accepted.

The AIADMK, which had contested the 2014 polls against the BJP but is generally seen to be its ally, has 37 MPs. TDP has also moved a notice for a no-confidence motion, as parties like Congress, Left, Trinamool and RJD have come out in support. "Whatever the opposition does, I will do the same", he said.

Meanwhile, TDP MP J C Divakar Reddy said the Chair's ruling was "unacceptable and unfortunate". The motion will need the support of 50 lawmakers if they want to vote, but Congress and TDP don't have such support yet, so it can only be possible if they get support from other parties.

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Similarly in 1999, AIADMK, led by then mercurial chief minister J Jayalalitha, walked out of the NDA and forced a non-confidence motion. "We are not trying to make the government fall", Naidu said. "They have a huge majority in Lok Sabha [parliament's lower house]". Though CBN was late to enter the game on no confidence motion, he could turn the tables very quickly. The BJP has 273 - more than the half-way mark of 270.

The Telugu Desam Party legislators also staged a demonstration outside Parliament demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh.

They include a sulking Shiv Sena (18), which has still not said which way it will vote in a no-cofidence motion by the TDP. Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury also joined the protests and said, "Centre will never show solidarity with its allies".

Last week, the House had passed the Finance Bill and the appropriation bills without any discussion amid similar protests. The second phase of budget sessions 2018 have been disrupted for the tenth consecutive day, with members protesting over issues including the Punjab National Bank scam and Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh.

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