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No-confidence motion: Lok Sabha Speaker refuses to take up vote

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Published Mar 21, 2018, 12:43 am IST
Updated Mar 21, 2018, 12:43 am IST
Within a few seconds the Speaker adjourned the House till 12 noon.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan
 Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan

Hyderabad: With the no-confidence motion against the NDA government being set aside for the third time on Tuesday, the BJP has hinted that if the House continues to run in this manner, it may be adjourned sine die by this weekend.

Before the Lok Sabha session began on Tuesday, YSRC MPs met Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in her chamber and requested her to allow their notice for discussion. The Speaker replied, as she has done in the past, that if the House is in order, she will take up the discussion.

 

But when the House began at 11 am, the TRS and AIADMK MPs carried out their routine of trooping into the well of the House, carrying placards and shouting slogans. Within a few seconds the Speaker adjourned the House till 12 noon.

The clamour continued even after the House reassembled. TD, YSRC, Congress and other opposition parties' members then shouted from their seats for the discussion on the no-confidence motion to be tabled.

In an attempt to get the House to carry out some normal business, Ms Mahajan asked external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to give a statement on the Indians who went missing in Iraq. Ms Swaraj attempted to give a statement but was shouted down by opposition MPs. She managed to inform the House that the Indians who went missing in Iraq were all dead. The Speaker reacted severely to the continuous disruptions by saying, “The country has never seen such a sorry state. This is not proper. You are ins-ensitive to your own people.”

As she read out the notices for no-confidence motion, MPs from the Congress, Trinamool Congress, NCP, TD, YSR Congress and Left parties stood before their seats.

The Speaker said, “I cannot take up these notices as the House is not in order... I just cannot see anybody. I want to see and count the members, how can I count?  I am sorry. How can I take no-confidence motion notices?”

She said she could not count the 50 members who have to stand in their seats so that she can ascertain that the motion has the support of at least 50 members to be admitted for discussion. Though Congress, Trinamool, TD, YSRC and other MPs shouted that they support the motion, the Spea-ker did not allow it and adjou-rned the House for the day. Attempts to dissuade AIADMK and TRS MPs from stalling the House proved futile.

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Location: India, Telangana, Hyderabad




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