TDP MPs stay away from Speaker's lunch to protest House proceedings
TDP MPs stay away from Speaker's lunch to protest House proceedings

TDP MPs stay away from Speaker's lunch to protest House proceedings


The Telegu Desam Party (TDP) Parliamentary Party on Monday decided to stay away from the lunch hosted by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on the occasion of 'Gudi Padwa' and said the Chair's ruling on failure to take up the No Confidence Motion, was "not acceptable".

"We stayed away from her lunch...," a TDP source told UNI , minutes after the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day and Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ruled that she was not able to do the headcount of the supporters of the motion, due to the pandemonium.

This happened for the second consecutive day in the Lok Sabha after the House was adjourned and the No Trust motion moved by TDP and YSR Congress Party could not be taken up on Friday, as well.

Meanwhile, TDP MP J C Divakar Reddy said the Chair's ruling was "unacceptable and unfortunate". "If this argument continues that No Trust Motion cannot be taken up due to pandemonium and slogan shouting, then no such motion can be taken up in the House of People in future also. It is a Black Day and totally undemocratic," he told TV channels, while protesting over the manner the proceedings went on in the Lok Sabha.

To a question that even former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has done this in 2013, when No Confidence Motion moved by four TDP and three members of YSR Congress Party also could not be taken up, Mr Reddy said, "She (Meira Kumar) too was wrong. Any one taking that pretext is also wrong".

"If such an argument is accepted, then every time a No Confidence Motion is to come, the ruling side or others could create a pandemonium in the House," Reddy said.
In fast-paced developments, the N Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP moved out of NDA last Friday and moved a No Confidence Motion, to discuss and debate on why and how the Special Category Status was not granted to the 'bifurcated' state of Andhra Pradesh.

Much to the discomfort of TDP and also Opposition parties like the Congress and the Trinamool Congress, the TRS of Chandrashekhar Rao and AIADMK from Tamil Nadu played spoilsport to the Opposition strategy to embarrass the centre by forcing a debate on No Confidence motion against the Modi government.

While TDP members are demanding raise in Muslim quota, the AIADMK members are insisting for a quick action from the Centre to set up a Cauvery Water Management Board.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha on Monday that the ruling side is "ready" for debate on all issues raised by any member from any party.

"The proceedings of the House continue to be disrupted for some days now. Even on the No Confidence Motion, we are ready for debate. And I request all members to cooperate and let the House function smoothly," he said, amid din. (UNI)