Amaravati (AP) Mar 20 (PTI) The Telugu Desam Party today once again lashed out at the Centre, saying it was ‘running away’ from facing a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha and said it was nothing but a ‘political suicide’.

“Running away from facing a no-confidence motion is like committing political suicide. Not taking up such a motion for discussion is against parliamentary traditions,” TDP politburo member and Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said.

Yanamala, who previously was Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, noted in a statement that the (Lok Sabha) Speaker has no authority to ‘reject’ a no-confidence motion when a notice has been served.

“It is not proper for the Speaker to reject the motion citing disorder in the House. It is the responsibility of the government to run the House in order,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had that she was unable to take up the no-confidence motion as there was no order in the House.

Yanamala asked if the AIADMK, which was raising protests in the well of the House, was not a friendly party of the BJP.

“The Centre is behind the agitation by friendly parties in the Lok Sabha, only to run away from facing a no-confidence motion.The happenings in the House are proof enough,”he added.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said BJP could not utilise the opportunity for four years in doing justice to Andhra Pradesh.

“We waited patiently for four years and gave them every opportunity. But the BJP could not make use of it and rather chose to do injustice to the state,” Chandrababu alleged, addressing a meeting of MLCs, MLAs and TDP leaders here today.

Instead of doing justice to the state, the BJP launched a counter-attack against him, he lamented.

Attacking me is only weakening the state. By trying to weaken me,they are trying to weaken the state.Had they focused at least a part of that energy on addressing the state s concerns,the current situation would not have arisen,”he said.

The TDP chief once again spit fire on YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and Jana Sena president Pawan Kalyan, saying they were speaking on behalf of the BJP.

“While all (accusing) fingers are pointing towards (Narendra) Modi, only these two are pointing fingers at me,” Chandrababu said, adding their ‘vested interests’ were exposed.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.