Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Numbers trump symbolism: No-confidence motion a double-edged sword for opposition

Numbers trump symbolism: No-confidence motion a double-edged sword for opposition

Naidu said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's statement on March 7 to the media made it clear that the Centre was not willing to respect the promises made to the five crore people of Andhra Pradesh. Pawan Kalyan, who addressed a massive rally in Guntur on the occasion of his party formation day on 14 March, said that he would support whoever fights for the special status for Andhra.

BJP president Amit Shah is likely to hold a meeting with the core group of the party's Andhra Pradesh unit tomorrow, party sources said after the Telugu Desam Party walked out of the NDA.

Naidu explained at length the circumstances which led to the Telugu Desam Party quitting the Central government and later the ruling NDA coalition.

TDP's pullout goes ahead a day when its adversary in the express, the Y S Jagnamohan Reddy-drove Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party (YSR Congress), moved a movement of no-certainty against the committee of clergymen in the Lok Sabha.

He even attacked the Chief Minister of failing to develop the state despite monetary help from the Centre. Thus, he was compelled to extend support to YSR congress sponsored no-confidence motion while accusing Jagan of indulging in politics of surrender, Naidu told the Assembly that he would still support the no-confidence motion in the interests of Andhra Pradesh.

Another danger for the NDA government in the event of a no-confidence motion is the response of the Shiv Sena and other allies.

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Mr Kalyan who had supported the BJP-TDP alliance in 2014 said he did not contest the elections then as votes "would have been split".

Chief Minister and TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu took the decisions during a teleconference with the politburo mesenior party leaders and MPs on Friday.

TDP had followed a step-by-step process to part ways from the NDA coalition.

Mr. Sharma said the BSP-SP alliance in Uttar Pradesh might have tasted success now, but it would not last long as regional parties had their own problems.

The huge support pouring from all opposition parties left no choice for other opposition parties but to support the ongoing no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha, helping the all of them to maintain anti-BJP stance. TDP's exit is a loss for the TDP, not the BJP. The AIADMK could support the NDA if the Modi Government were to concede its demand to set up a Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

Soon after papers and reports were laid during the Zero Hour, Mahajan said she has received a notice for no-confidence motion. And they both moved no-confidence motion separatly for the same goal.

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