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No threat from the cut motions, says Govt

Government today said it feared no threat from the cut motions in the Lok Sabha but appealed to the opposition to abandon their plans in this regard for smooth running of Parliament.

delhi Updated: Apr 13, 2010 22:51 IST

Government today said it feared no threat from the cut motions in the Lok Sabha but appealed to the opposition to abandon their plans in this regard for smooth running of Parliament.

"There will be no problem to the government", Parliamentary Affairs Minister P K Bansal said a day after 13 Opposition parties, excluding BJP and its allies finalised plans to bring a cut motion demanding roll back of prices of petroleum products and fertilisers.

Appealing to the opposition to desist from such an action, he told PTI that these parties should be supportive of the government for the "good budget" and economic recovery achieved by the country after the global slowdown.

"I request them (opposition) again to let the House run. We seek cooperation of all," he said adding that the government was ready for discussion on any issue under rules.

A cut motion could try the strength of the government in the House that could be a close test. If a cut motion is adopted the government will have to resign because it is defeated on a money matter.

The 13 parties account for 87 MPs in a House of 543. BJP, which has 116 members, is also planning to move a cut motion on the issue of price rise and wants to move in the matter along with its allies in the NDA. JD-U has 20 MPs, while other allies Shiv Sena and Akali Dal have 11 and four seats respectively.

BSP, which has 21 MPs, appears to have raised the comfort level of the government by staying away from the meeting on non-NDA, non-UPA parties. The support of Congress-led UPA coalition is estimated to be around 265.