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No trust motion not taken up, Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

Even before speaker Sumitra Mahajan took up the Question Hour, Lok Sabha members from TDP, YSR Congress, TRS and AIADMK trooped into the Well holding placards.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2018 13:41 IST
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Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan speaks during the second phase of the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on March 21.(PTI Photo)

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday could not take up a no-confidence motion for a fourth consecutive day amid din even as the government said it was prepared for it.

The notices for the Motion of No Confidence had been given by Thota Narasimham of the Telugu Desam party (TDP) and Y.V. Subba Reddy of the YSR Congress.

After the papers were laid on the table of House amid the din, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar requested the members sloganeering near the Speaker’s podium to go back to their seats.

“I request all honourable members to go back to their seats and allow the conduct of normal business. We are ready to discuss everything including the no-confidence motion,” Kumar said.

“Our government has confidence in the House and outside as well,” he said.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan then said she was “duty bound” to bring the notices on no-confidence before the House.

As the din became louder, Mahajan said she would not be able to count the members supporting the motion amid noisy protests.

With members protesting near the Speaker’s podium raising placards, Mahajan expressed her inability in counting the members that were standing supporting the motion.

“Unless the House is in order, I would not be in a position to count 50 heads. I cannot see anything around here, how would I count... I have to ascertain whether the leave has to be granted or not,” she said.

The House was then adjourned for the day.

Earlier, the House was adjourned till 12 p.m., after it met at 11 a.m., amid similar protests.

First Published: Mar 21, 2018 13:08 IST