New Delhi, Mar 19: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, N Chandrababu Naidu, whose Telugu Desam Party (TDP) quit Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) last week, asked his party’s MPs to continue ‘fight against injustice’ in Parliament. The TDP tabled a no-confidence motion against the Modi government over its refusal to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh on Friday. The TDP also issued a whip to its MPs, directing them to attend the Parliament till the end of the Budget session.
In a teleconference with TDP MPs, Chandrababu Naidu asked them to be present in Parliament for the no-confidence motion against the Modi government. “All the TDP MPs must be present in the Parliament. See that MPs of other parties also attend the House and that other parties also give notices of No Confidence Motion,” the Chief Minister told TDP lawmakers.
“We should not dilute our fight. Public interests are our priority. No compromise in the matter of our rights. There is a possibility that they let some other parties create din and adjourn the House sine die,” Naidu warned TDP MPs. “The support we’re getting from other parties indicate the sympathy from all corners of the country for the state, for the injustice, it is facing. The MPs should continue with the same spirit. You have the support of 5 crores people of the state,” he added.
A no-confidence motion tabled by arch-rivals TDP and YSR Congress against the Modi government was not taken up in the Lok Sabha on Monday as the Parliament logjam entered its third week amid no signs of a thaw between the opposition and the government. Several opposition parties including the Congress, Trinamool Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Samajwadi Party, AIMIM and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) have expressed their support for the notices.
When the Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan called the members to stand up so that the numbers could be counted to see how many supported the no-confidence motion, members from the TRS and AIADMK surrounded her dais holding placards. Mahajan said she could not count the members who were standing. At least 50 members should back the motion for it to be admitted.