The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) will bring a no-confidence motion against its former ally NDA in the upcoming monsoon session of parliament, a TDP leader said on Friday.
“We will move a no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government in the monsoon session. Both BJP and YSRCP are conspiring against Chandrababu Naidu & TDP. They have betrayed the people of Andhra Pradesh”, said Lanka Dinakaran of the TDP.
The budget session of parliament witnessed angry disruptions by the TDP and the YSR Congress Party over the issue of special category status for the bifurcated state of Andhra Pradesh. The disruptions took a heavy toll on the functioning of the House in the second half of the last budget session.
In the Rajya Sabha, where the government is in minority, the House lost 124 hours of business against 45 hours of work, as per the official records.
TDP’s Rajya Sabha leader YS Chowdary said on Sunday, “Our demands have not been met. There is no question that we will sit quietly. We will continue to raise our demands just as we did in the last session.”
Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu pulled out of the NDA government earlier this year over the unfulfilled demand. Five YSRCP MPs have resigned from the Lok Sabha over the same issue and their resignations were accepted by the Lok Sabha Speaker several weeks ago. Opposition leaders feel that these resignations will add pressure on the TDP as the YSRCP is taking a higher moral ground.
A senior Congress strategist, involved in floor coordination among different Opposition parties, added, “The feedback we’ve got from the TDP is they will make it difficult for the NDA to run the Parliament in the upcoming session.” The TDP leader, who was earlier a minister in the NDA cabinet, also pointed out that “it is the onus of the government to run the House.”
Hitting out at the TDP, the BJP on Tuesday said the party was confusing people with its “doublespeak.” wherein it is utilising the Centre’s assistance on the one hand, and demanding he special status on the other.