Disgruntled Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) MP Shatrughan Sinha on Thursday said that he will vote against the no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha on July 20.
“I think there are intellectuals in opposition but they should've done it later. Because we have the numbers & our moral is also up. I haven't left BJP & party hasn’t left me. As long as I'm in BJP, I'll support it & follow every whip,” ANI quoted Sinha as saying.
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Meanwhile, 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.
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. Sonia Gandhi has made it clear that the opposition has the number.
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.
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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 agencies)