The pitches for a no-confidence motion against the Modi government went unheard on Monday in Lok Sabha as the session was disrupted by loud protests by several parties.
The House had received three requests for the motion - one by YSR Congress and two by TDP. However, the House Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was unable to entertain either due to the ruckus.
The YSR Congress and the Telugu Desam Party are miffed with the NDA government over denial of special category status to Andhra Pradesh as was promised by the UPA government in 2014 when the state was bifurcated to create Telangana.
The government has expressed confidence that the notices, even if they are admitted, will be defeated given its strength in the Lok Sabha. The current strength of the Lok Sabha is 539 and the ruling BJP has 274 members, more than the majority mark of 270, and enjoys the support of several allies.
01:56 pm: No one can beat N Chandrababu Naidu in playing political games.He is famous for indulging in political gimmicks.We are with him as far as demand for development of Andhra Pradesh is concerned but if he talks about political drama most political games are played by TDP: Ram Madhav
01:49 pm: We aren't afraid of the no-confidence motion, we have numbers in Parliament. TDP's stand is political. Suddenly, taking up sentimental issue & trying to bring no-confidence motion is something that they have to explain to the people of Andhra Pradesh: Ram Madhav, BJP General Secretary
01:21 pm: YSRCP MP YV Subba Reddy again writes to Secretary General Lok Sabha to include in the list of business for tomorrow 'no-confidence motion in the council of ministers'.
YSRCP MP YV Subba Reddy again writes to Secretary General Lok Sabha to include in list of business for tomorrow 'no confidence motion in the council of ministers'. pic.twitter.com/6fsIhkk10H— ANI (@ANI) March 19, 2018
12:59 pm: Opposition is ready for discussion on the no-confidence motion but it seems AIADMK is acting on behest of Central Govt and not letting the house function: Ramgopal Yadav, Samajwadi Party MP
12:35 pm: We have not decided our stand yet, we will do whatever our leader Naveen babu(Patnaik) asks us to: Prasanna Kumar Patasani,BJD MP on the no-confidence motion
12:30 pm: On one hand, they are saying to bring a no-confidence motion.On the other hand, they are creating uproar in Parliament so that motion is not accepted for discussion. They themselves don't know why they are bringing no-confidence motion: Union Minister Jitendra Singh
12:20 pm: I am in the opposition. Whatever the opposition does, I will do the same: Farooq Abdullah, National Conference on the no-confidence motion
12:11 pm: We want a discussion on the issue of no-confidence motion and we appeal to everyone that there should be a discussion: Union Minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha
Watch video: Home Minister Rajnath Singh says govt ready for discussion
12:07 pm: Lok Sabha adjourned for the day following ruckus by AIADMK, TDP, YSR Congress and TRS MPs
12:03 am: We are in favour of special category status to Andhra Pradesh. We are not in favor of no-confidence against the Modi government, we will support the government: Prem Singh Chandumajra, Shiromani Akali Dal
12:00 pm: Lok Sabha session has resumed despite the ruckus
11:57 am: We have been fighting for Telangana cause from the beginning. As a new state, our population is different, so we want to have own set of reservations in the state. Why should India have different laws for different states?: TRS MP AP Jithender Reddy
11:57 am: Andhra Pradesh CM, to put pressure on Central government, has gone for the no-confidence motion for the welfare of their state. I ask this (Tamil Nadu) govt to support TDP's no confidence motion: MK Stalin, DMK in assembly
Delhi: TRS MPs protest outside Parliament carrying placards saying 'One nation, One law', demanding an increase in the quota of reservation in Telangana. pic.twitter.com/NTQ8nNVAvX— ANI (@ANI) March 19, 2018
11:18 am: We thought as an NDA member,BJP will do justice to the state, but nothing happened. We waited for four years, but of no use. Even in the last budget justice was not done: Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu
11:18 am: You have always been supportive of TDP, but you were not happy that we allied with BJP. We have been working for welfare of Muslims: Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu addressing TDP minority wing members
11:10 am: Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha has also been adjourned after protests by TDP and AIADMK MPs. The Upper House will now reconvene tomorrow.
11:05 am: We will neither support the Government nor the Opposition, we will abstain: Arvind Sawant, Shiv Sena MP on the no-confidence motion
11:01 am: Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 pm amid din
11:00 am: No decision taken yet on party's stand on the no-confidence motion: AIADMK sources
10: 57 am: Lok Sabha Speaker may take a call on it at 12 in Zero Hour, if the House remains in order.
10:50 am: Delhi: TDP MPs protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament over special category status to Andhra Pradesh. Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury also joined the protest.
Delhi: TDP MPs protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament over special category status to Andhra Pradesh. Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury also joined the protest. #budgetsession pic.twitter.com/y7T8qVrffo— ANI (@ANI) March 19, 2018
10:38 am: We are ready to face no-confidence motion as we have support in the House. We are confident: Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar
10:33 am: As far as the Left parties are concerned, we will be supporting the no-confidence motion. People have started expressing their no confidence in Modi Govt, its time Parliament does it too: Duraisamy Raja, CPI
10:26 am: Floor test: Parliament secretariat received 3 notices on the no-confidence motion, 2 from TDP and1 from YSRCP. If House in order and quorum established, LS Speaker likely to bring No Confidence motion after Question Hour. (50 members needed to establish Quorum) (ANI update)
10:09 am: We will move the no-confidence motion, have talked to opposition parties including TMC, Congress and Samajwadi Party. YSRCP is just doing politics, they are not concerned about the welfare of state: Thota Narsimham, TDP MP
10:05 am: Will wait and watch. Will also have to see if Speaker allows the no-confidence motion or rejects it. TDP has its own state issues and we welcome them. As of now, we have not decided yet on the no-confidence motion, Uddhav ji will take a call: Sanjay Raut,Shiv Sena
09:50 am: We are going to go move the no-confidence motion, gather the support of all respective parties in Parliament. It's the responsibility of all parties in Parliament to support us. Trying to gather as much support as possible so debate happens, not trying to make the govt fall: RM Naidu, TDP MP
09:44 am: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) issues whip to its MPs, directs them to attend parliament till the end of the Budget Session
09:28 am: We will continue to move the no-confidence motion as long as the debate is taking place and facts are brought to the notice of the nation, and also to pressurise the Centre to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh: K Parthsarathi, YSRCP
09:10 am: We for last 4 yrs after the state was bifurcated have been fighting for special category status. Till 2016, BJP&Chandrababu Naidu kept saying that special status will be given.Then suddenly, he colluded with BJP, he is like a chameleon, he decided against the state: VS Reddy, YSRCP MP
09:00 am: Yes we are part of the Govt and of NDA but BJP is not following coalition dharma, I have been expressing my concerns, but these people are lost in the ego of 325 seats: OP Rajbhar, Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party Chief and UP Minister
BJP has got absolute majority in Lok Sabha and we are ready to face any situation and discussion. All these parties coming together cannot harm Modi Govt, we are comfortably placed:K Haribabu,Andhra Pradesh BJP chief on TDP and YSRCP no confidence motion pic.twitter.com/1ThEcae1xb— ANI (@ANI) March 19, 2018
08:00 am: Asserting that BJP was ready to face the no-confidence motion, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar on Sunday said, "I want to tell the Congress and other opposition members that there is confidence inside and outside the house. That’s why the BJP is ready to face the no-confidence motion."
07:45 am: However, there is a chance that the motions will not be considered continued due to the din in the House. YV Subba Reddy of the YSR Congress has written to the Lok Sabha secretariat to put his notice for the motion in the revised list of business for today. The TDP has also moved a notice for a no-confidence motion. When their notices were not taken up last week, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar had argued that they could not be due to the House being not in order, with members of several parties raising slogans in the Well.
07:30 am: With the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and the AIADMK, which have often cooperated with the government on its legislative business, protesting over a host of issues, it remains uncertain if the order is restored today.
(With inputs from agencies)