No-confidence motion: Shiv Sena boycotts trust vote against Modi govt
The Sena, the BJP’s oldest ally and most vocal critic, on Thursday withdrew a whip to its lawmakers to vote in favour of the government just hours after promising support.Updated: Jul 20, 2018 11:59 IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
The Shiv Sena on Friday said it will boycott the no-confidence motion against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government in the Lok Sabha, after a series of flip-flops.
Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray conveyed his decision to his party’s 18 members of Parliament just half an hour before the proceedings of the Lok Sabha began.
“Our party chief has decided we will not be present in the proceedings today,” Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire said.
“We have many things to say about the functioning of the government, but whatever we want to say we will convey at an appropriate time,” senior Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut added.
The Sena, the BJP’s oldest ally and most vocal critic, on Thursday withdrew a whip to its lawmakers to vote in favour of the government just hours after promising support.
The regional party also accused the BJP of using its allies only when it needed them in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.
“The no-confidence motion is not to dissolve the government, but to make it stand like an accused in a cage and peal its skin,” Sena said in the editorial.
The Sena listed out several issues where the BJP failed to keep the interests of the common man in mind.
“We became the fifth largest economy in the world. Okay, but the fifth largest economy has not rescued our farmers from the door of death,” it said.
However, it said that the BJP will defeat the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha as it has the numbers.
“The victory which has question marks written over it should not be praised by the majority,” the Sena said calling the Modi government’s mandate “suspicious”.
A senior Sena leader had said earlier that the party chief would be weighing the “pros and cons” of supporting the BJP in the voting.
“They (BJP) have the required number to defeat the motion. What difference does it make if Sena votes in the favour of the government? Whether the Sena can abstain and continue to put pressure on the government is being debated,” the leader said on the condition of anonymity.
The Telugu Desam Party moved the no-confidence notice on Wednesday, after which several opposition parties rallied behind it. This is the first such motion against the Modi government, which stormed to power in May 2014 with the NDA winning 336 seats in the Lok Sabha.
First Published: Jul 20, 2018 11:59 IST