No-confidence motion not taken up, both houses of Parliament adjourned till Tuesday

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Mar 19, 2018, 06:00 AM(IST)

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The no-confidence motion against the government was again not taken up after both houses of Parliament were adjourned Monday morning. 

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The Lok Sabha had earlier been adjourned till 12 pm. But a little after the house sat down, it was adjourned after a continuous uproar. 

The TDP's MPs would not allow Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to run the house.  Each time the Lok Sabha would convene, they would run into the well of the house.  

The Rajya Sabha had earlier already been adjourned till Tuesday. 

The YSR Congress and the TDP have asked for a trust vote against the government over the issue of special status to Andhra Pradesh. The central government had refused to give the state the special status it was asking for, but had said it would give Andhra the monetary equivalent of special status. 

Andhra Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had recently asked the two TDP ministers in the union cabinet — Ashok Gajapathi Raju and YS Chowdary — to put in their papers. He had then later he would take his next steps accordingly. 

The YSR Congress and the TDP had asked for the trust vote — a minimum of 50 members have to accept the motion for the vote to be held — last week. The Left, the AIADMK, the Aam Aadmi Party, and the AIMIM will support the vote. 

Should the motion be accepted, this will be the first no-trust vote against the central government. 

That said, the Narendra-led Modi NDA government is at the moment in no danger of falling. It has a simple majority on its own, and enough independent MPs in the house it could approach, should the need ever arise, to sail through a no-trust vote. 

The parties asking for the vote seem to understand that. The TDP MP RM Naidu said Monday morning: 

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The TDP however, commentators says, wishes to attack the government on the issue before assembly elections in Andhra next year — which is exactly what opposition parties in the state are doing to it. Taking on the central government also allows the TDP to ward off the YSR Congress's Jagan Mohan Reddy, who has been pushing for special status for Andhra for some four years now. 

More fireworks can be expected on Tuesday when Parliament reconvenes; the YSR Congress's YV Subba Reddy has asked for the motion to be taken up tomorrow again. 

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