Minister of State (Independent Charge), Labour and Employment Santosh Gangwar moved the Bill for passage in the Rajya Sabha soon after the House met for the day.
On the other side of the ‘Telugu divide’, Telangana assembly Speaker S Madhusudan Chary faced allegations of bias after 12 of 15 TDP MLAs defected to TRS.
Amid the din, home minister Rajnath Singh said: “I want to make clear that the treasury bench is ready to discuss any issue raised by any MP. This is our government’s clear stand.
The move does not pose any threat to the Modi govt, which has the support of more than 300 members in the House. The saffron party may take the fight to Andhra Pradesh
Shah dismissed Congress attempts to get the opposition parties together, saying it has lost polls in 11 states and some of these parties are in touch with him too.
The TDP, which is in power in the state, had yesterday offered to back the YSR Congress' no-confidence motion but said it withdrew the support as it smelt a nexus between it and the BJP.
The Brahmin-Thakur rivalry in the Gorakhpur region unit of BJP is said to be a big reason for the party not fighting the bypoll unitedly.
The event was to be held in New Delhi initially, but was shifted to Dharamsala shortly after a government note asked senior leaders and officials to refrain from attending it.
BJP's Gorakhpur candidate Upendra Shukla lost by nearly 22,000 votes. Party sources say Shukla was the central leadership’s choice and not the CM's.
It is also a wake-up call for the Uttar Pradesh unit that an SP-BSP alliance made for an invincible caste combination. Since the polls were not polarised, it further weakened BJP’s prospects.
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