The motion was led by Andhra's Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and rival YSR Congress Party in the Lok Sabha, showing BJP's dwindling support in the south. AIMIM's Asaduddin Owaisi also repeated the same comment from Renuka Choudhary, that he was supporting the no-confidence vote because the Government needed to learn a lesson.
Two parties, namely the YSR Congress and Telegu Desam Party TDP, both from the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, led protests voicing a range of demands.
In the letter, he has asserted that if the Centre remains reluctant to grant the special category status to the State then all MPs of his party will resign on April 6. Naidu, who was an admirer of Modi, is now publicly attacking him, saying the Prime Minister did not ever call him to discuss the special status issue.
Some members have given notices for no-confidence motion and the government is ready for discussion on that as well, Singh said and requested all parties to cooperate so that the discussion can be taken up. Some 11 MPs remained undecided while one didn't vote. The Left parties with 10 MPs, the RJD (4) and the Samajwadi Party (7) too are on board. Amar Singh had denied the charges.
The losses in recent by-elections to the Lok Sabha in Rajasthan, UP, West Bengal and other states and the exit of the TDP have brought cheers in the opposition ranks. With more than enough strength to move the motion, it is believed that more parties are likely to join hands against the central government. So a no-confidence motion can only be passed in Lok Sabha as Rule 198 allows any member of the House to give a written notice.
The government exuded confidence that it has the numbers to ride out the crisis with BJP terming the decision by Andhra Pradesh's ruling party to quit the NDA "inevitable". Our leader felt being part of NDA and moving a no-confidence motion would not be ethical.
The motion, however, has not been introduced in the Lok Sabha today. It was the narrowest defeat in a confidence motion in the history.
Opposition members protest in front of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan demanding special status for the state of Andhra Pradesh during the second phase of the budget session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Monday. The motion can be accepted only if it has the support of at least 50 members in the House.