Continued disruptions in the Lok Sabha once again prevented the taking up of the no-confidence motion notices. Ex-NDA ally TDP, YSRCP, Congress and CPI(M) have moved the notices for the no-confidence motion against the central government.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan once again expressed inability to take up the motion amid noisy protests and adjourned the house for day. While majority of opposition parties were seated, MPs from AIADMK held protest in the house.
However, members from the Congress, the Left and some other opposition parties displayed blue-coloured placards, each with a circled number along with the words ‘For no- confidence’ to show their support for the motion.
Soon after the house began for the day, AIADMK members took to the Well of the house raising the issue of Cauvery river dispute. Meanwhile, many other Opposition members were seeking taking up of notices for no-confidence motion.
“I will not be in a position” to take up notices, Mahajan said even as she requested protesting members to go back to their seats.
Amid the din, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the government was ready for any discussion and sought to blame the Congress for the proceedings not going ahead. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, on the other hand, blamed the government for the impasse, saying it does not want discussion on the issue.
“We are ready for discussion,” he said.
Outside the house, Kharge even called it a “government-sponsored agitation”.
“The Speaker was claiming that she could not count members as there was ruckus in the well. Today, for her convenience we got placards showing the strength of more than 80 MPs. If the no-confidence motion is taken up, the government will be exposed and it will hurt its image as several issues be it foreign and economic policies as well as other issues will be taken up,” he said.
(With inputs from PTI)