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Congress, Trinamool support TDP's no-confidence motion against Modi government

16 Mar 2018 | By Gogona Saikia
TDP announces no-confidence motion against BJP government

After the TDP decided to quit the NDA earlier today, it is now moving a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha against the Narendra Modi-led BJP government.

In a big blow to the ruling party, the Congress, CPM, AIMIM and Trinamool Congress have decided to back TDP's motion.

TDP's decision came after the BJP refused its demand of special status for Andhra Pradesh.

In context: TDP announces no-confidence motion against BJP government

16 Mar 2018Congress, Trinamool support TDP's no-confidence motion against Modi government

DetailsAIADMK undecided on its move yet, Rajya Sabha adjourned

For TDP, the issue is of special status to Andhra. Its demand has found support from the Congress, Trinamool Congress, CPI(M) and AIMIM.

Meanwhile, AIADMK, which has 37 MLAs in the House, hasn't decided yet on the no-confidence motion. Its party MPs protested outside Parliament, demanding a Cauvery water management board.

Amid the chaos, the Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2:30pm.

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TDP MPs protest in Parliament

What does BJP have to say about it?

ReaxWhat does BJP have to say about it?

Reacting to the developments, a BJP spokesperson said, "TDP is seeing a defeat for themselves in 2019 and wants to use this as an alibi to really retrieve lost political ground."

Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi added, "Will see what happens in Parliament, which party chooses to go which way. In a way it is election year and every state has demands and issues.

BJP blames TDP of "mischievous propaganda against Center"

ImpactWhat does this mean for the BJP?

With this no-confidence motion, the opposition is questioning whether the ruling party has the necessary numbers in parliament.

The BJP already has 307 members in the Lok Sabha. Chances of the opposition's no-confidence motion being passed are close to nil.

However, it will serve as a warning to the BJP ahead of the 2019 elections, which recently lost its 29-year hold on Gorakhpur.