TDP’s Chandrababu Naidu writes to all MPs, seeks support on no-confidence motion
The no-confidence motion has the support of the Congress, Trinamool Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Samajwadi Party, and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) among others.Updated: Jul 19, 2018 16:05 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government faces no-confidence vote – a first in the last 15 years - on Friday, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Chandrababu Naidu has written a letter to all lawmakers to support the motion in Parliament.
“In view of continued adamant attitude of Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, TDP has moved no-confidence motion against them. I appeal to you to support the motion moved by our MPs,” said the Andhra Pradesh chief minister in letter to all MPs supporting the no-trust vote on Friday.
On day one of parliament’s Monsoon Session, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan admitted a notice of no-confidence motion by TDP, an estranged ally of BJP-led NDA government.
The no-confidence motion has the support of the Congress, Trinamool Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Samajwadi Party, and the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPI(M), a bitter rival of the TMC, among others.
The central government is comfortably placed in the Lok Sabha and there is no risk to its survival. The ruling NDA has 313 members in the 535-member Lok Sabha including the BJP’s 274, a lot more than the 268 that it needs to clear the test.
PM Modi, who will reply to the debate, is expected to use the occasion as a launching pad for his campaign for next year’s 2019 election.
“We will put the welfare schemes and development projects carried out by the government in last four years before the people,” Union minister Ananth Kumar said on Wednesday.
The government expects to get the support of at least 314 MPs in the lower house, which has an effective strength of 535 members. The list, however, does not include Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who is also a BJP lawmaker. The majority mark is 268.
This will be the first no-confidence vote in Parliament since 2003, when the then-NDA government, led by BJP veteran Atal Bihari Vajpayee, sailed through a no-trust motion initiated by the Congress.
First Published: Jul 19, 2018 14:00 IST