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Haryana floor test highlights: BJP-JJP govt defeats Congress’ no-confidence motion in state Assembly

BJP-JJP government defeats Congress’ no-confidence motion in the Haryana Assembly

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh |
Updated: March 10, 2021 8:21:29 pm
Haryana Floor Test Live: Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar speaks in the Vidhan Sabha. His deputy, Dushyant Chautala is seen sitting to his right. (Twitter/@cmohry, File)

The BJP-JJP government has defeated Congress’ no-confidence motion in the Haryana Assembly. All Congress MLAs supported the no-confidence motion while BJP-JJP MLAs voted against it. The no-confidence motion was supported by 32 members and opposed by 55 members.

JJP MLAs Ram Kumar Gautam and Devender Babli, who had been speaking against the government asking JJP to withdraw support from BJP, also voted against the no-confidence motion. Gopal Kanda, too, supported the alliance and voted against the motion.

The Assembly currently has a strength of 88 members, meaning the ruling alliance needed 45 votes to stay in power.

Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda has said the “no-confidence motion will let people know which MLA stands with the government and which MLA stands with farmers.”

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Haryana Floor Test 2021 Live Updates: BJP-JJP government defeats Congress’ no-confidence motion in the Haryana Assembly; the motion was supported by 32 members and opposed by 55 members; all Congress MLAs supported the motion while all BJP and JJP legislators voted against it

17:11 (IST)10 Mar 2021
No-confidence motion defeated

Result announced by Speaker. No-confidence motion supported by 32 members and opposed by 55 members. The No-confidence motion is defeated.

17:10 (IST)10 Mar 2021
All Cong MLAs vote for no-confidence motion, all BJP and JJP legislators vote against it

Speaker asks members who support no-confidence motion to rise. All Congress MLAs support no-confidence motion. All BJP-JJP MLAs vote against it.

JJP MLAs Ram Kumar Gautam and Devender Babli, who had been speaking against the government asking JJP to withdraw support from BJP also vote against the no-confidence motion. Gopal Kanda, too, supports the alliance, votes against the motion.

17:08 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Debate on no-confidence motion concludes

Speaker calls all Members to come back to their seats. Debate on no-confidence motion concludes. Speaker appoints two officers to do the counting on no-confidence motion.

17:07 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Everyone in this House should vote against this no-confidence motion: CM

The CM continues, “Farmers say that they will not sell milk for less than Rs 100. I am happy, farmers can sell it at Rs 150 also. But is it going to benefit anybody? Did it sell anywhere at this rate? I would request you all to help end this ongoing agitation.”

He adds, “Aag lagaane vaalon ko nahi hai iski khabar ke rukh hawaon ka agar badla toh khaak voh bhi ho jayenge.. rukh hawa ka badlega… When we go to farmers to talk, you raise slogans that we should not be allowed entry. I appeal to the entire House that everybody should vote against this no-confidence motion.”

17:04 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Farm laws will not be repealed, says CM

As Hooda asks him to resume talks, the CM says, “Kisan morcha has yesterday told media that they have constituted a nine-member committee. I am sure that it will help resume talks. I agree talks should be taken forward. But I am saying that it is causing losses.”

He adds, “Talks will resume, suggestions are coming in. But the farm laws will not be repealed. I will not ask for the laws to be repealed. When I am not convinced, why will I say it? There can be amendments. But I am repeatedly saying that repealing the laws is not going to serve any purpose. If these had to be repealed, it would have happened two months ago. Whatever amendments will happen, it will be it the government or in the Supreme Court.”

17:00 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Congress about to sink deeper, its future will end soon: CM

Even as Congress MLA Raghuvir Kadiyan tries to interrupt him, CM Khattar said, “The Congress party will continue to sink deeper. Your political future is about to end. Who all have instigated farmers? Who all are instigating protestors? The people are watching it. So far it has caused a loss of Rs 212."

He adds, "Since November 26, industries associations have apprised us that they have incurred losses worth Rs 11,000 crore. Nobody from the opposition have so far said that this ongoing protest is wrong. Tomorrow, if situation deteriorates, it will disturb the state's peace, it will disturb the communal harmony.”

16:56 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Displayed a lot of patience while dealing with protesting farmers: CM Manohar Lal Khattar

No freedom can be absolute, says the CM.

“People who are agitating feel that they have legitimate right to protest. They think they have freedom to do so. But freedom is not an absolute freedom. Wherever our freedom infringes upon anybody else’s, it ends. There’s a limit to this freedom,” he says.

He adds, “Whenever the administration believes it needs to take steps so that the law and order situation does not deteriorate, it does so. We stopped them (protesting farmers) from crossing the borders, but we decided not to use force. Use of force means lathi charge or opening gunfire. We used water cannons and tear gas but did not lose patience. They used huge mechanized vehicles to break the barricades. But our patience should not be taken as our weakness.”

“Those protestors aren't so many in number that they can scare us. They could be 1-2 lakh including their supporters, but we have a family of 2.75 crore. They are all our brothers and sisters,” he says.

16:50 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Opposition is misleading the farmers, says CM

Khattar gives assurance on the floor of the House that once the three farm laws are implemented and if it is felt that there is any loss to the farmers’ interests, the government will do anything and everything to protect them.

“I give a guarantee that mandis will not be shut down and MSP will also continue. Market fee in mandis is not imposed by way of any Act. It is a mere circular/ notification that is issued. It will continue like the way it is going,” he says.

He adds, “The Opposition is provoking farmers and making them think that if the laws are implemented, they will lose their land and income. You are forcing the farmers to think this way. Stop injecting them with these thoughts.”

15:56 (IST)10 Mar 2021
You'll achieve nothing from this no-confidence motion; we will benefit from this move: CM Manohar Lal Khattar

Continuing his attack on the opposition, CM Manohar Lal Khattar says, “What will you achieve from this no-confidence motion? We will be benefitting with this move, not you.”

15:47 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Congress expresses 'no confidence' easily; they won't come to power: CM Manohar Lal Khattar

Speaking on the no-confidence motion, CM Manohar Lal Khattar said, “I am grateful to Congress. I have got an opportunity to tell everyone about the accounts of my government. They (Congress) are not going to come to power.”

He adds, “No-confidence is old culture of Congress. They express ‘no confidence’ very easily. Everybody knows about their ‘no confidence’ with each other within Congress. When you lose an election, you express no confidence on EVM. Evidences were sought when the surgical strike took place.”

15:39 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Congress wants to come to power through this no-confidence motion: Dushyant Chautala

On no entry of BJP-JJP MLAs in villages, Dushyant says, “During Congress government, Hooda was CM. Who was slapped in Panipat? Ink was thrown on Arvind Kejriwal.”

He adds, “You had just a slogan of ‘number one Haryana'. People brought you to third place in polls. BJP is our natural ally. Did we join hands with Congress ever? Congress wants power through no-confidence motion. Leave these sweet dreams of Mungeri Lal.”

15:33 (IST)10 Mar 2021
No-confidence motion shows there is a sign of frustration among Opposition leaders: Dushyant Chautala

JJP leader Dushyant Chautala says the no-confidence motion shows there is a sign of frustration among the Opposition. “You (the Opposition) have exposed yourself. First, they termed the farm laws as black laws. On the other hand, they admit they had made similar recommendations. Who gave land to Reliance after getting it acquired?” he says.

He adds, “Today they are bringing no-confidence motion, and tomorrow they will bring similar motion against the Congress president. They got protesting teachers killed through (police) bullets. It's our duty to get basic amenities provided to the agitator farmers at borders."

15:02 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Haryana Lokhit Party MLA Gopal Kanda supports government

Speaking on the no-confidence motion, Haryana Lokhit Party MLA Gopal Kanda supports government and appreciates Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

14:44 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Independent MLA from Meham to vote against Khattar govt over farm laws

Independent MLA from Meham, Balraj Kundu, begins, "As such, there is nothing in this no-confidence motion. The numbers make it clear, the government has absolute majority. I am not with the Congress party that moved this motion, but I am with farmers.

"Many supporters of these farm legislations ask what is black in the laws? I will support the government if any of the ministers can tell me even a single benefit for farmers in these legislations. Politics being played on farmers should be stopped. We should have mercy on them. He should be given justice. He should be given his legitimate right. The farmers issue should not be made a political issue. I suggest the CM become a mediator, and ensure that talks resume between farmers and the Union government. We all will stand with you," says Kundu. 

"I will vote in favor of this no-confidence motion, but only in the farmers' interest," he concludes.

14:28 (IST)10 Mar 2021
BJP MLA from Hisar: 'We are making farmers entrepreneurs'

"You are moving a no-confidence motion? No-confidence motions don't change governments. You are misleading farmers. We are giving bicycles and cars to farmers. But you are telling farmer that if he rides the bicycle, he will fall... you are saying that if he drives a car, he will meet with an accident. We are making farmers entrepreneurs, but you don't want them to be self reliant. You want farmers to continue to be dependent on you," says Dr Kamal Gupta, BJP MLA from Hisar. "You will never be able to come back to power..."

14:26 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Congress MLA from Kalanaur recites poem on farmers in House

Shakuntla Khatak, Congress MLA from Kalanaur, recites a poem on farmers, and says she supports the no-confidence motion. Khatak requests the Chief Minister to pay attention to women and children who are sitting at Delhi's borders.  

Meanwhile, Dr Kamal Gupta, a BJP MLA from Hisar, mocks the Congress saying Bhupinder Hooda will shortly get to know whether his 30 MLAs are also on his side or not.

14:15 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Farmers' issues are a sensitive matter, don't play politics: Harvinder Kalyan to Congress MLAs

Harvinder Kalyan, BJP MLA from Gharaunda, rises to speak. "Why are these farm legislations called black, just because these came out from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pen? If one constructs a house and some discrepancies in electricity and water pipelines are later detected, do you correct those discrepancies or raze the entire house?

"Farmers' issues are an extremely sensitive matter. The Congress should not play politics on such a sensitive subject. Being a farmer myself, I emphasize that these three farm legislations must be implemented and taken forward to ensure their welfare. 

"An environment is being created to ensure no MLA from the ruling party can enter any village, but Opposition must not consider it their achievement. Society will never forgive the Opposition for creating such an environment. I vote against this no confidence motion and ask everybody else also to vote against it," he says.

14:08 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Sombir Sangwan, who withdrew support from BJP-JJP govt, seeks resolution against farm laws

Congress MLA B B Batra suggests the state should enact a legislation to ensure MSP for farmers.

Meanwhile, Independent MLA from Charkhi Dadri, Sombir Sangwan, who had withdrawn support from the government earlier, speaks: "I'll tell you what is the reason that BJP and JJP leaders are not allowed to enter villages. These three laws have absolutely nothing good for farmers. I would like to tell this House, we should pass a resolution in Vidhan Sabha and send it to the Union government. The entire country's farmers are participating this ongoing agitation. I request this House to enact some legislation, ensuring MSP. 

"I have met MLAs from across party lines, they all know these laws are anti-farmer, but they are not coming out and speaking because of various reasons," he says.

14:00 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Devender Babli upset after JJP skips his name in debate

Devender Babli, JJP MLA from Tohana, starts criticising his own party after the Speaker informs him that his name is not in the list of those who are allowed to speak on the no-confidence motion. The Speaker says Babli's name was not mentioned in the list of members that JJP had submitted.

13:59 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Aseem Goel calls Congress legislators traitors, latter troops into Well

BJP legislator Aseem Goel calls Congress legislators traitors. "I salute farmers, but you all are traitors," he tells the Opposition, which troops back into the Well of the House. Congress MLAs shout anti-government slogans as Speakers asks them to go back to their seats, threatens to name them. The Speaker also asks Aseem Goel to sit down.

Haryana House debates no-trust motion against Manohar Lal Khattar govt

The no-confidence motion moved by the opposition Congress in Haryana Vidhan Sabha is unlikely to destabilize the Manohar Lal Khattar-led government considering the comfortable majority that the BJP-JJP alliance enjoys in the 90-member House. The move is being seen as an attempt by the opposition to embarrass the ruling alliance and would earn the Congress political mileage with the farmers agitating against the three central agri laws.

It was about two months ago when Leader of Opposition and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced that he would move a no-confidence motion against the BJP-JJP alliance government. He submitted the motion in the Vidhan Sabha on March 5, the day budget session commenced. Accepting the motion, Speaker Gian Chand Gupta scheduled it for discussion on March 10.

The Assembly currently has an effective strength of 88 members after Indian National Lok Dal’s lone member Abhay Chautala resigned in solidarity with farmers and Congress MLA Pradeep Chaudhary was disqualified after being convicted in a riots case. In the current scenario, ruling alliance needs 45 members for majority, which the alliance with 50 members (BJP has 40 and the JJP 10) can easily achieve. Congress, on the other hand, has 30 MLAs. Seven are Independents, five of whom are supporting the government, while one member is of the Haryana Lokhit Party, who has also extended support to the government.

To ensure that they do not fall short of numbers, BJP, JJP and the Congress issued whips to their respective members for their compulsory presence in the House on Wednesday when the no-trust motion will be taken up for discussion.

Issuing the whip, Haryana minister and BJP’s chief whip Kanwar Pal said, “All the members of the BJP are requested to remain present in the House throughout the 10th day of March during the current budget session of Vidhan Sabha. They should not leave the chamber without prior permission of the Leader (of the House). Many important legislative matters are likely to come up for discussion. The members are requested to be present at the time of division/voting”.

Jannayak Janta Party’s chief whip Amarjeet Dhanda, while issuing the whip to his party legislators, said, “All JJP members are hereby informed that no-confidence against the Council of Ministers proposed by opposition will be brought in the Assembly on March 10. All members of JJP are therefore requested to be present positively in the House throughout the day and support the stand of the government against the no-confidence motion”.

For Congress, Bharat Bhushan Batra issued the whip. “The members of CLP are informed that no confidence motion against the government shall be listed on March 10 in the business of the House. I issue whip, that you must ensure your presence positively and support the vote of no confidence. Members are advised not to leave the House without prior permission of the CLP leader,” said the Congress chief whip.

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