No-trust vote brought in by TDP still stuck in Lok Sabha logjam

Published: April 4, 2018 - 18:13 Updated: April 4, 2018 - 18:24

The manner in which the Speaker has adjourned the House on several occasions and expressed her inability to take up the no-confidence motion has stoked concerns that it is setting a dangerous precedent.
 

The proceedings of the Lok Sabha on the 20th day of the second leg of the Budget session were washed out yet again and the House could not take up the No Confidence Motion against the Narendra Modi government due to continuous uproarious scenes on Wednesday.

In the post noon session, taking up the No Confidence Motion moved by the floor leaders of various parties, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan told the agitating members that she had to do headcount of 50 members standing on their designated places to allow taking up of the motion. “I am duty bound to allow the motion, but I cannot do the headcount in this situation and therefore I request all members to go back to their seats,” she said.

The Speaker contended that she could not do the headcount amid unruly scenes in the House. “Unless the House is in order, I will not be in a position to count the 50 members who have to stand in their assigned places so that I can ascertain as to whether the leave can be granted or not,” she said.

Just before Mahajan took up the motion, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar had accused the Congress of disrupting the House and had lashed out against their decision to carry numbered placards to the House to show the support of 50 MPs for taking up the no-trust motion.


TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister has said that the treatment meted out to the no-confidence motion brought in by his party can set a dangerous precedent as it can be used by future governments to scuttle such attempts in the future.

The House was adjourned primarily because AIADMK members created a ruckus, demanding the constitution of a Cauvery Management Board (CMB). While AIADMK leaders raised slogans like, “We want justice” and “We want Cauvery Board,” the Amritsar Congress lawmaker from Punjab Gurjeet Singh Aujla was seen in an apron which has ‘Modi Government must waive off GST on Golden Temple langar’ inscribed on it.

The fact that the House has failed to take up the no-confidence motion since it was introduced by the TDP on March 16 has stoked concerns about the fate of the motion, especially considering that the ongoing session is set to conclude on April 6. A report published by a national daily showed how the Speaker has adjourned the House in a minute’s times on several occasions in the past few days, claiming that the House is not in order and thereby, expressing her inability to count the number of MPs supporting the motion.

TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister has said that the treatment meted out to the no-confidence motion brought in by his party can set a dangerous precedent as it can be used by future governments to scuttle such attempts in the future. The Opposition, including the TMC, Congress, TDP, CPI(M) and others, have claimed that they have the support of at least 80 MPs — 30 more than what is required to take up the no-confidence motion for discussion.

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