No-confidence motion not taken up; LS washed out for 10th day

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha Friday could not take up notices for no-confidence motion against the NDA government moved by Andhra Pradesh parties, with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan saying there was no order in the House and adjourned the proceedings for the day amid vociferous protests over various issues.

In the nearly four-year rule of the BJP-led NDA alliance, this is the first time that no-confidence motion notices have been moved against the government.

The notices were moved by YSR Congress and TDP, who have been demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh, an issue on which the latter today quit the ruling alliance.

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 the 10th consecutive day following incessant protests and sloganeering by various parties, including TDP, YSR Congress, AIADMK and RJD over multiple issues, including special status for Andhra Pradesh and banking scam.

Congress members were also seen standing at their seats.

Soon after papers and reports were laid during the Zero Hour, Mahajan said she has 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.

During Zero Hour, members from TRS and AIADMK were in the Well holding placards and shouting slogans.

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