No-confidence motion not taken up; Parliament disruptions continues

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Two no-confidence motions brought by TDP (Telugu Desam Party) and YSRCP (Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party) against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government again could not be taken up in the Lok Sabha by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan due to chaos in the House on March 20.

Notices for no-confidence motion were given by YSRCP member Y V Subba Reddy and TDP MPs Thota Narasimham and Jayadev Galla. Both the TDP and YSRCP have been demanding a special package for Andhra Pradesh. Also, TDP quit the NDA over the same issue last week.

More voices within ruling coalition NDA have joined anti-government facade. Even Ally Shiv Sena has said that the motions signal an end to the “myth” of BJP’s invincibility.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh even tried to placate the opposition parties, appealing for cooperation and said, “the government is ready for discussion on any issue, including the no-confidence motion.”

On March 16, Lok Sabha speaker Sumita Mahajan took up both the notices amid protests but delayed any decision on the same till March 19, saying that the “House is not in order”.

“Since the House is not in order, I will not be able to bring it… I am sorry,” she said, adjourning the Lok Sabha for the day.

But chaos again rocked the Parliament for the 10th consecutive day on March 20.

Congress has criticised speaker’s decisions, accusing the government of staging protests to save itself from embarrassment.