No no-trust motion in Lok Sabha as TRS, AIADMK protest
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.
TRS denied that its protest had rescued the government from a debate on the no-confidence motion. When the Lok Sabha met on Monday after an hour long adjournment, TRS and AIADMK members trooped into the well of the House pressing for their demands.
AIADMK wanted a Cauvery Management Board to be formed while placards held by TRS members said ‘One Nation, One Law’ for allowing Telangana to have its own reservation policy. RJD member Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav too walked into the well to raise the issue of CBI filing a case against his party chief Lalu Prasad despite its legal wing advising against it.
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. Some respected members have also moved a no-confidence motion. We sincerely want a discussion on the no-confidence motion to be held. I want to appeal to all members that they should cooperate so that a debate on the no-confidence motion can be held.”
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan announced that she had received notices for moving Motion of No Confidence in the Council of Ministers from YV Subba Reddy (YSRCP), Thota Narasimham and Jayadev Galla (both TDP).
“I am duty bound to bring the notices before the House. Unless the House is in order, I will not be in a position to count the 50 MPs who have to stand in their assigned places so that I can ascertain as to whether the leave has been granted or not,” Mahajan said while trying to get the House to order. As the protests continued, she adjourned the House for the day.
When asked if the TRS protest had helped the government, party leader and Mahbubnagar MP Jithender Reddy said, “we have been making the demands since March 5. Why should we go back to our seats? They (TDP) were with the government till recently and were getting all the benefits. Only now they are moving a noconfidence motion. Moreover, this is a losing battle. Everybody knows the government has the numbers.”
AIADMK has also been raising the Cauvery Management Board formation demand for the past few days. One of its MPs said the party has held protests outside Parliament House too. Former Lok Sabha secretary general Subash Kashyap said that the Speaker had all the powers to ensure that the House was in order.
BJP & Allies: Big Picture
Ahead of 2019 general elections, many BJP allies have voiced dissent over issues or given enough indications that they may walk out of NDA. While for some it may just be a ploy to extract benefi ts from senior partner BJP, others are only fair-weather friends. Some NDA partners may part ways now, but may not be averse to returning to the fold after the Lok Sabha elections, says Rakesh Mohan Chaturvedi. Here’s a look:
Telugu Desam Party State of Alliance: Cornered by YSRCP in Andhra and facing anti-incumbency, CM Chandrababu Naidu fi rst pulled out his Union ministers, then withdrew support and now his party has given notice for a no-confi dence motion against the Modi government 2019: In case NDA falls short of the magic number of 272, TDP would not have issues in retracing its steps and joining the coalition.
Shiv Sena State of Alliance: Though it’s a part of the BJP-led governments at Centre and in Maharashtra, it has announced that it will contest alone in both assembly & LS polls 2019: With Congress and NCP in talks for an alliance in Maharashtra and for general elections, Shiv Sena may be forced to do a rethink. If BJP-SS do not contest together, a post-poll alliance would still be possible between the two like-minded parties.
Shiromani Akali Dal State of Alliance: It has criticised BJP for “taking its allies for granted”. But the two continue to be partners at the Centre and in Punjab 2019: Under Amarinder Singh’s chief ministership, Congress is going strong in Punjab. SAD is likely to stay with BJP.
Janata Dal (United) State of Alliance: Defeat in Araria LS bypoll has come as a disappointment for JDU-BJP 2019: Both need each other in Bihar as the backward (minus Yadavs), most backward, and upper caste combination is the only hope against a rising RJD, with Congress in tow.
Lok Janshakti Party State of Alliance: He and his son Chirag have spoken out against the Modi govt despite Paswan senior being a cabinet minister 2019: All depends on whether BJP is forming the next government. If not, LJP will switch camp.
Republican Party of India (A) State of Alliance: Despite being a minister of state, he has questioned government & BJP on Dalit issues 2019: Not likely to stay with NDA if coalition does not have numbers.
Rashtriya Lok Samta Party State of Alliance: Upendra Kushwaha is said to be unhappy with BJP for tying up with JDU 2019: RLSP may walk out before the polls if it does not get to contest the seats it wants to due to JDU. Post-poll ties to depend on need of both parties.
Peoples Democratic Party State of Alliance: Differences out in the open. One of the reasons for PDP sacking Haseeb Drabu is said to be his proximity to BJP 2019: Alliance may snap anytime. PDP may make fi rst move due to anti-incumbency, NC gnawing at its base & compulsions of politics.
Smaller allies like SBSP in UP may walk out of NDA. Apna Dal also has issues with BJP post SP-BSP alliance. However, parties like NPP, NPF and SDF in the northeast will support BJP as long as it rules at the Centre. NE parties usually support the party in power at the Centre.