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Chaos in House saves govt from no-trust motion

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New Delhi, Dec 10 :

The government got temporary relief Tuesday as a no-confidence motion by six Congress and four TDP lawmakers against creation of a separate Telangana state could not be taken up in the Lok Sabha due to chaos in the house.

PARLIAMENTThe six Congress and four Telugu Desam Party (TDP) members Monday gave separate notices to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar for a no-trust motion over the government’s move to carve out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh.

On Tuesday, the speaker told the house that she had received the notices. She was about to give her ruling during zero hour but could not do so as chaos broke out in the house.

The speaker adjourned the Lok Sabha for the day after treasury benches raised a ruckus when she said she has received the notices for a no-confidence motion.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said it was too early to comment on the issue, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) said the notice was not required.

“It is early to comment, let the motion come. Certain majority is needed even for introducing the no-confidence motion,” said BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.

CPI-M’s Basudeb Acharia said: “The no-confidence motion will not serve any purpose. What is the point on bringing this motion at the fag end of the government’s tenure?”

Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said the public has already expressed “no-confidence” against the centre and there was no need for bringing a motion against it.

“The public has already expressed no confidence in the current government and where is the need for bringing a no-confidence motion,” Banerjee told reporters in Delhi.

All the six Congress MPs are from Seemandhra region, comprising the coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema areas of the state.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde the MPs could face disciplinary action.

“The party will take care of such indiscipline,” Shinde told reporters.

The union cabinet has already approved the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. The motion for this is expected to be sent soon for the consideration of the state assembly by President Pranab Mukherjee.

The Congress is facing a lot of resistance from within, including from Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, who is against the move to create Telangana.

A no-trust motion can only be taken up after the speaker seeks the leave of the house to allow the motion to be taken up by the house, which will require support from at least 50 members.

Congress sources said the situation was difficult for the party as there was no way it can control the members of other parties on the floor of the house.

From the TDP, K.N. Rao submitted the no-confidence motion supported by MPs N. Shiva Prasad, N. Kristappa and M. Venugopala Reddy.

The six Congress MPs who submitted the notice were L. Rajagopal, R.S. Rao, Arun Kumar, Sabbam Hari, Harsha Kumar and Sai Prathap. (IANS)