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AAP issues whip directing its MPs to vote in favour of no-confidence motion

Earlier in the day, members of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs sought support from Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal for the no-confidence motion against the Modi government tabled by them in the Lok Sabha.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: July 19, 2018 15:59 IST ]
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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday issued whip directing its MPs to vote in favour of the no-confidence motion.

Earlier in the day, members of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) sought support from Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal for the no-confidence motion against the Modi government tabled by them in the Lok Sabha.

Led by TDP Parliamentary Party leader Y.S. Chowdary, state Ministers T.G. Venkatesh, K. Narayana and Narsimha Rao met Kejriwal to seek the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) support in both houses of Parliament against the Modi government.

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The team handed over a letter from Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to Kejriwal along with a booklet which centres around the denial of special category status to Andhra Pradesh by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Chowdary told the media that Kejriwal agreed with the TDP's views and termed their problems as genuine.

"Today (Thursday) we met Kejriwal and discussed the problems faced by Andhra Pradesh caused by the Centre due to its delay in implementation of its promises made in Parliament.

"The Chief Minister agreed ... and described our problems as genuine," he said.

The TDP has snapped its alliance with the BJP over the Centre's refusal to give special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

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"Despite being in power in the state, our pleas to Central government have not yielded any result. India is a cooperative federal system, so the Centre has to work with the states to resolve issues. As the Central government has failed to follow this principle, we are going to pass a no-confidence motion against the Modi government," Chowdary said.

The voting on the no-confidence motion will take place on Friday. The AAP has members both in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

TDP is already getting the support of the Congress.

Preparing itself for no-confidence motion, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Wednesday issued a three-line whip to its MPs in Lok Sabha asking them to be present in the house on Thursday and Friday.

Sonia Gandhi has already made it clear that the opposition has the number.

It is pertinent to mention here that only two sessions of Parliament (monsoon and winter sessions) are left before the Lok Sabha elections 2019. Whereas on the one hand, BJP will try to make most of it, the opposition will seize every opportunity to corner the government.  

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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