Both parties were upset that their no-confidence motions were not taken up for discussion.

TDP and YSRCP MPs skip Speakers lunch over no-confidence motionImage: PTI
news News Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 08:09

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSR Congress members on Monday skipped a lunch hosted by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan after their no-confidence motions were not taken up for discussion.

"We boycotted the lunch as our notice of no-confidence motion is not being admitted. The Speaker adjourned the House which should not have happened. More efforts should have been made for the functioning of the House," YSR Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Vijay Sai Reddy told IANS.

He also alleged that the TDP and TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samithi) were creating a logjam in parliament on behalf of the treasury benches.

TDP Lok Sabha member Thota Narsimham said, "We will not attend the Speaker's lunch as she did not admit our no-confidence motion."

He said the TDP was looking for a debate in the House on how the government was denying justice to Andhra Pradesh.

A no-confidence motion tabled by arch rivals TDP and YSR Congress against the Modi government was not taken up in the Lok Sabha on Monday as the Parliament logjam entered its third week amid no signs of a thaw between the agitating parties and the government.

The Parliament on Monday could not transact any business as the opposition parties continued to stall proceedings over their demands, resulting a wash out of the second part of the budget session for eleven consecutive days.

After the House was adjourned for an hour and when it met again at 12 noon, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan sought to put the notices of the motion for leave of the House so that a discussion could be initiated. At least 50 members have to back the motion for it to be admitted.

But as has been happening for the last two weeks, AIADMK and the Telangana Rashtriya Samithi members raised slogans and walked to her podium, shouting slogans in support of their demands, creating a din.

The TRS members were demanding the increase in the reservation quota for jobs in Telangana while AIADMK members wanted the setting up of a Cauvery Management Board.

Several opposition parties including the Congress, Trinamool Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Samajwadi Party, the AIMIM and Rashtriya Janata Dal have expressed their support for the notices.


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