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BJP to move cut motion on UPA’s demand for grants

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has its eyes set on moving cut motions on the government’s Demands for Grants in Parliament — a move that the party sees as an extension of its price rise campaign, which includes its planned anti-inflation rally here on April 21.

delhi Updated: Apr 19, 2010 23:38 IST
Vikas Pathak

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has its eyes set on moving cut motions on the government’s Demands for Grants in Parliament — a move that the party sees as an extension of its price rise campaign, which includes its planned anti-inflation rally here on April 21.

A senior BJP leader, however, said that — contrary to general belief — the government would not fall even if the cut motions succeeded, though it would be an embarrassment for the treasury benches, for. Only a loss in a vote on a confidence or no-confidence motion could topple the government, the leader said.

The BJP, along with the Left, has made it clear that it would bring cut motions to seek reduction in excise and custom duty proposals of the government that have pushed up fuel prices, thereby having an overall inflationary impact on economy.

“All the cut motions will be mentioned when guillotine will be applied to the demand for grants,” said a senior BJP leader.

“All MPs wanting to move cut motions will be asked to send in slips within 15 minutes that day. They will then be able to
take part in the debate prior to division of votes.”

April 27 is likely to be the day of guillotine when the Speaker puts all outstanding demands for grants for the vote of the House. BJP leaders, however, say it may be necessary to push this a day further in view of the April 27 Bharat Bandh (nationwide shutdown) by the Left.

There are three types of cut motions — one pertaining to disapproval of policy, another to economy (calling for cuts in a taxation proposal) and yet another a token cut (a small cut of, say, Rs 100, meant to be a rebuke for the government).

The BJP will move cut motions pertaining to policy disapproval in relation to hikes in duties on petroleum products and fertiliser price hike.