N Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Friday walked out of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over the Centre's denial of a special-category status to Andhra Pradesh. Further, the TDP moved a no-confidence motion against the Modi government over what it sees as injustice to the people of Andhra Pradesh.
While Opposition parties, including the Congress, CPI(M), and AIMIM, extended their support for the motion, it could not be taken up amid sloganeering in the Lok Sabha. The decision to pull out of the NDA was taken after Chandrababu Naidu's teleconference with TDP members. TDP's politburo unanimously took the decision to exit the alliance. The Telugu Desam Parliamentary Party also issued the notice to move a no-trust motion on Friday.
TDP's pullout comes on a day when its rival in the state, the Y S Jagnamohan Reddy-led Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party (YSR Congress), moved a motion of no-confidence against the council of ministers in the Lok Sabha. On March 8, after a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, the TDP's Union ministers -- P Ashok Gajapati Raju and Y S Chowdary -- had quit the Cabinet. Raju had held the Union civil aviation ministry while Chowdary was the Minister of State for Science and Technology.
The BJP on Friday said the exit of TDP from the NDA was "inevitable after its mischievous propaganda against the Centre" and asserted that the latter's exit is "a timely opportunity" for the saffron party to grow in Andhra Pradesh. "TDP's decision to quit was inevitable after its mischievous propaganda against the Centre," BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said in a tweet.
"People of Andhra Pradesh have now realised that the Telugu Desam Party is resorting to lies to cover up its inept and inert governance. Far from being a threat, TDP's exit is a timely opportunity for the BJP to grow in Andhra Pradesh," Rao said. The decision comes against the backdrop of the Centre not only refusing to grant a special-category status to Andhra Pradesh, but Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley going on to categorically rule out any such possibility. Here are the top
Developments in the Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP's exit from the NDA and its split with the BJP: 1) AIADMK dubs TDP as 'opportunistic':
AIADMK leader D. Jayakumar hit back at the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) following their decision to cut ties with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), alleging that the decision was opportunistic in nature. "There were issues after the division of Andhra Pradesh. If there were issues all these years, then why weren't they raised? This shows merely an opportunistic nature,"said Jayakumar, a Tamil Nadu Member of Legislative Assembly. 2) Parliament adjourned amid protests till Monday
: The proceedings in Parliament were washed out for the second consecutive weeks today due to protests by opposition parties, which also led to the failure of the Lok Sabha to take up notices for no-confidence motion against the NDA government moved by parties from Andhra Pradesh. While the Lok Sabha proceedings were first adjourned till noon and then for the day, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned straight till 2.30 PM and later for the day with Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu expressing anguish over the proceedings being paralysed ever since Parliament resumed its budget session on March 5 after a recess. In the Lok Sabha, the notices for the no-confidence motion, moved for the first time since the nearly four-year rule of the BJP-led alliance, were not taken up as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who said there was no order in the House and adjourned the proceedings for the day amid vociferous protests over various issues. 3) Modi government has enough numbers to defeat no-confidence motion:
Notwithstanding the TDP quitting the NDA, the BJP-led government still has a comfortable majority in the Lok Sabha having the support of around 315 members and on its own has 274 -- well above the current halfway mark of 270. After the recent losses in the Uttar Pradesh and Bihar bypolls, the BJP on its own has 274 members and the allies account for 41 members. They include a sulking Shiv Sena (18), which has still not said which way it will vote in a no-confidence motion by the TDP. The others are the Lok Janshakti Party (6), Akali Dal (4), Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (3), Apna Dal (2), JD-U (2) and AINRC, JKPDP, NPP, PMK, SDF, Swabhimani Paksha -- all one each. The AIADMK, which had contested the 2014 polls against the BJP but is generally seen to be its ally, has 37 MPs. The TDP, which withdrew support to the Modi government and has moved a no-confidence motion, has 16 MPs while the YSRCP, which has also moved a no-confidence motion has nine MPs in the Lok Sabha. 4) Naidu says made 'all efforts for four years' before splitting:
Speaking about the decision to part ways with the NDA, TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu told the state Assembly that he took the decision in the interest of Andhra Pradesh and not for selfish reasons. Referring to his party's demand for a special-category status for Andhra Pradesh, he said that he had made all possible efforts for four years and visited Delhi 29 times. According to news agencies, Naidu added, "This was Centre's last Budget and there was no mention of AP... we had to pull our ministers out of Cabinet."
Naidu added that bifurcation promises had not been fulfilled yet, news agencies reported. "Had special status been included in the Act in then Lok Sabha then, this situation would have not arisen," added Naidu. Describing Arun Jaitley's statement that sentiment cannot increase the quantum of funds as "reckless", Naidu said that Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh for sentiment. "Sentiment is very powerful. Even now you are doing injustice," he added. 5) No-confidence motion not taken up:
The two notices for no-confidence motion against the NDA government, moved by the YSR Congress and TDP, could not be taken up today by the Lok Sabha, with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan saying that there was no order in the House.
The proceedings were adjourned for the day amid vociferous protests regarding various issues. The no-confidence notices were moved by YSR Congress member Y V Subba Reddy and TDP's Thota Narasimham. The Lower House proceedings were washed out for a 10th straight day following incessant protests and sloganeering by various parties, including TDP, YSR Congress, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) over multiple issues, including granting special-category status to Andhra Pradesh and the spate of banking sector scams. Congress members were also seen standing at their seats.
House adjourned Soon after papers and reports were laid down during the Zero Hour, Mahajan said she had received a notice for no-confidence motion. "I am duty-bound to bring it... provided the House is in order," she said amid the din. "I request all of you to go back to your seats," Mahajan told the members protesting in the Well.
As the members continued with the protests, the Speaker said since the House is not in order, she was unable to take up the notice and then adjourned the proceedings for the day. Speaking to the media on today's proceedings, Congress' Shashi Tharoor said: "When a no-confidence motion is moved, 50 MPs should stand in its support... 50 MPs stood, but Speaker said it cannot be considered as House is not in order. So, I want to ask what does govt fear? They have huge majority in Lok Sabha."6) Jaganmohan Reddy says TDP has 'woken up':
YSR Congress President Y S Jaganmohan Reddy today said that the TDP had "woken up" to the needs of Andhra Pradesh by moving a no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government. His remark came after the TDP split with the NDA following the Centre's refusal to grant the state special-category status.
Reddy called the TDP's decision a "win for democracy" and asserted that his party would continue to fight for special-category status for Andhra Pradesh. "After 4 years of relentless struggle and fight by YSRCP with people's support for Special Category Status; finally the nation, including @ncbn's TDP wakes up!" Jagan said in a tweet.
He added that even if it was guided by political compulsion, the TDP had to yet again follow the YSRCP's lead in moving a no-confidence motion against the Centre. "Win for democracy & people of AP. YSRCP will continue to fight for SCS, the rights of the people of AP," Reddy, who is also the Leader of Opposition in Andhra Pradesh, said in another tweet. 7) 'NDA talaq, talaq, talaq':
Reflecting the party's exit from the NDA, Telugu Desam Party MPs raised new slogans in their protest against the Centre on Friday. The MPs, who have been regularly staging protests in Parliament over the issue of granting special-category status to Andhra Pradesh, shouted aloud, "We want justice, NDA talaq, talaq, talaq." 8) CPI-M, AIMIM to support no-confidence motion:
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) will be supporting the no-confidence motion. CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury tweeted, "CPI(M) supports the no-confidence motion being brought against the BJP government. Its betrayal of the promise of special status for Andhra Pradesh is inexcusable. Its all-round failure and evasion of parliamentary accountability needs to be highlighted." All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen President Asaduddin Owaisi told news agency ANI: "MIM party will support the No Confidence motion in Lok Sabha today not only for failure on part of Modi Govt to implement State Reorganisation Act but failure to fulfill their promise to provide employment to youth & for injustice to Muslim Women and Minorities." 9) In a unanimous decision, TDP walks out of NDA:
Andhra Pradesh's TDP on Friday pulled out of the BJP-led NDA at the Centre, a party leader said. TDP Rajya Sabha MP Y S Chowdary told news agencies: "Yes, our party (TDP) has pulled out of the alliance with the NDA." The TDP politburo unanimously took the decision to walk out of the alliance during a teleconference with party supremo and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday morning. While the party politburo meeting to decide about snapping ties with the NDA was planned for Friday evening, the formality was completed during the daily teleconference Chandrababu holds with party leaders in the morning. ALSO READ: TDP pulling out of Modi govt harks back to permafrost problem of coalitions 10) TDP moves no-confidence motion against Modi govt:
The TDP on Friday moved a no-confidence motion against the Modi government over what it sees as injustice meted out to Andhra Pradesh over the special-status category demand. Naidu directed TDP MP Thota Narasimham to submit a notice to the Lok Sabha Secretariat in this regard, informed sources said.
"This House expresses No-Confidence in the Council of Ministers," Narsimhan later said in a letter to the Lok Sabha Secretary Snehlata Shrivastava. He also wrote: "Under Rule 198 (B) of Chapter XVII of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha, I hereby give notice to move the following motion in the House on today dated March 16." "I request you to include the motion in the revised list of Business for March 16," Narsimhan added.
As news broke of the party's exit, TDP MP Thota Narsimham told news agencies: "Our party will be moving no-confidence motion today (in Parliament)...." YSR Congress moves no-confidence motion: Party With political parties in Andhra Pradesh jockeying to position themselves as the sole promoters of the state's interest, particularly in the attempt to secure special-category status for the state, TDP's rival YSR Congress Party has moved a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha against the Narendra Modi government. The no-confidence motion can be accepted only if it has the support of at least 50 members in the House. The YSR Congress has nine MPs in the Lok Sabha. It has appealed to other Opposition parties to support the motion.
The YSR Congress Party has requested that the motion be part of the listed business of the House for March 16. Congress to support no-confidence motions: Opposition party Congress will support the no-confidence motion moved against the Centre by the Telugu Desam Party and the YSR Congress Party, Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee President N Raghuveera Reddy told news agencies today.
Speaking to news agencies, Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said, "We have been supporting special-category status for Andhra Pradesh since the beginning. We want that people of Andhra get justice. When no-confidence motion is moved you have to talk about government's failures, we are contacting a lot of people."
BJP stands for 'Break Janata Promise': After exiting the NDA, TDP leaders CM Ramesh, Thota Narsimham, and Ravindra Babu said that BJP stood for "break janta promise", news agencies said. The party leaders were addressing the media in the national capital.