No-Confidence Motion Delay: Opposition MPs Hold Up Placards To Help Lok Sabha Speaker Count

| March 28 , 2018 , 14:29 IST

The YSR Congress announced that it would be pushing a no-confidence motion against the government in the Lok Sabha on March 15, but due to several adjournments, even now the motion is yet to be presented, despite having the support of 80 members.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan claimed that the no-confidence motion could not be presented as she could not count the supporting members due to the noisy protests.

In a creative solution, the Congress on Tuesday provided numbered placards from 1-80 for the supporters to hold up and help Mahajan count, so that the no-confidence motion could be presented.

"(The support of) 50 members is required for (admitting a notice of) no-confidence. You can see 80; you don't have to count," Opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge told Mahajan.

However, since displaying placards is not allowed in the House, Mahajan rejected the placard counting of no-confidence motion supporters and adjourned the House.

"I can't do it like this; this is not the way. I'm not in a position to count," said Mahajan.

"I have received notices for a no-confidence motion. I am duty bound to bring to the notice of the members that I cannot count 50 MPs unless the House is in order," she said.

Mallikarjun Kharge took a dig at the Speaker for not accepting the placards as proof of support.

"She has been saying it is difficult to count in the din. We used placards with numbers to make the counting easy. She could have easily seen that more than 80 MPs were demanding a no-confidence motion," he said.

The Congress accused protesting AIADMK members of 'match-fixing' by deliberately creating chaos which resulted in adjournments of the Lok Sabha and therefore delays in presenting the no-confidence motion against the government.

AIADMK members have been conducting protests over the Cauvery water dispute, after the Supreme Court's latest directive on the matter reduced the amount of water going towards Tamil Nadu.

Kharge said: "I'm repeating that this is match-fixing. It's a government-sponsored protest to stop us from speaking. The government is instigating the AIADMK, using it as a shield to ward off a no-confidence motion."

The YSR Congress, the main Opposition party in Andhra Pradesh, initiated the no-confidence motion in the government in protest over the state not being granted special category status.