No-confidence motion not taken up; LS washed out for 10th day

Sunday, 18 Mar, 2018

Incidentally, barely hours after TDP quit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Rao had termed it a "time opportunity" for the saffron party to make inroads into Andhra Pradesh. However, both have now been targeting the BJP after the Centre declined to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

BJP president Amit Shah is expected to meet the party's core group leaders from Andhra Pradesh on Saturday.

He said the BJP should introspect as to why his party had to take a strong decision to pull out of the NDA.

Dismissing Naidu's attacks on the BJP, Goyal said, "Even when the 14th Financial Commission decided not to provide Special Category Status to states except North East, it was the central government who still provided them monetary back up".

The Lower House proceedings were washed out for the 10th consecutive day following incessant protests and sloganeering by various parties, including TDP, YSR Congress, AIADMK and RJD over multiple issues, including special status for Andhra Pradesh and banking scam.

Strongly condemning the indifferent attitude of the Centre towards the State, the AP Legislative Council on Friday adopted a resolution demanding that it recognise the State's justifiable demands.

The decision was taken by Naidu in a teleconference and was unanimously passed by party politburo. The BJP had won two Lok Sabha seats in 2014 in alliance with the TDP, which won 15 seats. The motion can be accepted only if it has the support of at least 50 members in the House.

Though the TDP had on Thursday announced its support to YSR Congress' no-confidence motion, it changed its stand on Friday morning soon after its chief N Chandrababu Naidu announced the decision to withdraw support to NDA and filed a separate motion. This is the last budget of the Union Government to this Lok Sabha.

Naidu told the Andhra Assembly that the TDP's withdrawal from the NDA was not taken for selfish reasons but in the interest of the state on which injustice has been committed by the BJP.

AIADMK sent out a strong pro-BJP signal by expelling its spokesperson KC Palanisamy, who earlier in the day said that the party would support the no-confidence motion if the Centre fails to set up the Cauvery Management Board. Nearly 11 parties are with him now to support against Modi.

The TDP has not only moved its own no-confidence motion, but, is now non committal on supporting the YSR Congress sponsored move.

YSR Congress president YS Jaganmohan Reddy, meanwhile, said the TDP had "woken up" to the needs of Andhra Pradesh by moving a no-confidence motion.