No-trust: Speaker refuses to bring notice before House amid din

MPs fail to muster required numbers; Shinde hints at action against Cong Seemandhra MPs.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: December 11, 2013 12:04 am

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar Tuesday could not determine the admissibility of a notice for a motion of no-confidence against the Manmohan Singh government due to a lack of order in the House. On the other hand,the MPs who have sent the notice appeared hard-pressed garnering the support of the requisite 50 members.

Taking up the notice given by Seemandhra MPs belonging to the Congress,the TDP and the YSR Congress amidst chaos,Kumar said,“Members,please go back to your seats. I have received notices of no-confidence motion. Unless the House is in order,I will not be in a position to bring the notices before the House.”

While Seemandhra MPs went back to their seats,those belonging to the Trinamool Congress,the CPM and the BSP remained in the well,shouting slogans. Kumar finally adjourned the House for the day.

Though they put up a brave face,the Seemandhra MPs had clearly not managed to mobilise sufficient support yet. “We are still working on the numbers,” Congress member from Vijayawada Lagadapati Rajagopal said. He was among the six party members who had signed the notice.

Though Seemandhra members expected support from non-BJP opposition parties,no one has come out in the open to pledge it so far.

“We are against bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and that is why we are demanding a discussion on this issue in the Rajya Sabha suspending all other things,” SP general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Agarwal told The Indian Express,adding that “there has been no discussion on the issue of no-confidence motion attempt by some MPs in the Lok Sabha”.

A senior BSP leader dismissing the attempt of no-confidence said,“Where is the question of BSP’s position on no-confidence motion when the motion itself is not going to muster the numbers required.”

Trinamool Congress president and West Bengal Chief Mamata Banerjee said,“The public has already expressed its no-confidence in the current government,where is the need for bringing a no-confidence motion?”

Meanwhile,Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde indicated that the Congress could take disciplinary action against its Seemandhra MPs. “If there is any indiscipline,the party will take care of that,” Shinde told reporters.

When asked if the Telangana Bill could be introduced in Parliament by the end of the session (on December 20),Shinde said the government wanted to complete the process,including presidential approval and ratification by the Assembly. “Let us see…. Let us complete this process,then we will see.”

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