Ahead of no-confidence motion in Haryana assembly, BJP, JJP and Cong issue whips

  • Former chief minister Bhupinder S Hooda claimed that the government has admitted its own failures referring
Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the government seen leading a protest march last week against the Khattar-led government in this file picture. (Ravi Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the government seen leading a protest march last week against the Khattar-led government in this file picture. (Ravi Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Mar 09, 2021 08:12 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Chief whips of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Jananayak Janata Party (JJP) and the Haryana Congress have asked their respective legislators to be present in the House on Wednesday when the opposition plans to move a no-confidence motion against the state government. Assembly speaker Gian Chand Gupta had fixed the date for the no-confidence motion last Friday. The no-confidence motion will be brought before the assembly during the ongoing budget session.

“The members of CLP, Haryana are informed that no-confidence motion against the government shall be listed on March 10 in the business of the House,” Congress chief whip BB Batra told MLAs, according to a report by news agency PTI. “I issue a whip, that you must ensure your presence in the House on March 10 at 10 am positively and support the vote of no confidence. Members are advised not to leave the House without prior permission of the CLP leader,” Batra added.

The BJP’s chief whip Kanwar Pal also issued a similar order. “All the members of the Bharatiya Janata Legislature Party are requested to remain present in the House throughout the 10th day of March during the current budget session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha. They should not leave the chamber without prior permission of the leader,” Pal said. The JJP chief whip chief whip Amarjeet Dhanda also asked MPs to be ‘present positively in the House throughout the day’ and support the government.

Former chief minister Bhupinder S Hooda claimed that the government has admitted its own failures. Hooda said, “Does the Opposition need to say anything more? The government is admitting to its failures over law and order. Personal agenda, and not public interest, dictate the functioning of this coalition.”

Hooda was referring to the extension of the tenure of director general of police (DGP) Manoj Yadava by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar. His move was condemned by several lawmakers of the BJP and JJP who feel that Yadava lacks control over his officers, which they say has led to the deterioration of the law and order situation. Haryana minister Anil Vij in February had written to the additional chief secretary (home) to send a panel of officers to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for selecting the next DGP despite Yadava having four years of service left.

Former CM BS Hooda also said that the no-confidence motion will clearly show which MLAs support the farmers. “The coalition government has emerged as the biggest anti-farmer government in the country due to the dictatorial attitude towards the farmers' movement,” Hooda told PTI last week.

Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of the farmers' unions agitating against farm laws, also on Saturday appealed to people to pressurise the MLAs of the JJP and the BJP to vote in favour of the no-confidence motion against the Haryana government on Wednesday. Darshan Pal, leader of the SKM, told people that the Khattar government needs to realise that the people are with the agitators.

The Haryana assembly has 90-members but its effective strength is 88. The ruling BJP-JJP combine enjoys a majority in the legislative assembly—the BJP has 40 members, the JJP has 10 and seven Independent legislators who have extended their support to the government. One member from the Haryana Lokhit Party has also extended support to the government. Congress has 30 legislators in the Haryana legislative assembly.

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