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Lok Sabha din may again prevent no-confidence move by TDP, YSRCP

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

Updated: Mar 19, 2018, 09.53 AM IST
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TDP, YSRCP to push for no-confidence motion today
TDP, YSRCP to push for no-confidence motion today
New Delhi: Both the government and Opposition have braced themselves for handling the no-confidence motion if the matter is taken up in Lok Sabha on Monday with Trinamool, AIMIM and SP pledging support to the move made by TDP and YSRCP. Congress is also likely to support.

The government has the support of more than 300 members, including NDA partners like SAD, LJP, RLSP and JDU in Lok Sabha and faces no threat from the no-confidence motion. BJP sources said no whip has been issued to its Lok Sabha MPs but the party is ready for a debate on the issue.

However, the Chair may not take up the matter if the opposition protests continue in the House.

The Lok Sabha has failed to transact any substantial legislative business since Parliament resumed on March 5 after a recess. The Finance Bill and Appropriation Bills were passed in the din as opposition parties continued to protest in the Well of the House on issues like special category status to Andhra Pradesh and Cauvery water dispute.

“We will first have to see if the House functions. Then the matter of how many MPs are supporting the move will come up. We are ready (to deal with the no-confidence motion),” a senior BJP MP said preferring anonymity.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had announced on Friday that she has received a notice for no-confidence motion but it cannot be taken up until the House is in order.

YSRCP and TDP have given notices under Rule 198(B) of Lok Sabha for moving a no-confidence motion against the Union Council of Ministers.

At least 50 members have to support a notice for a no-confidence motion before it can be moved in the House.

YSRCP with nine members and TDP with 16 did not have the requisite numbers but with others joining in now the matter can now be taken up.

However, if the protests continue the Speaker may adjourn the House.

With the no-confidence motion set to fail and posing no danger to the government, the whole exercise is likely to become a slanging match between NDA and Opposition.

The saffron party is also preparing the ground for taking this fight to the people of Andhra Pradesh. BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav was appointed as AP in-charge on Sunday.

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