TDP’s no-confidence motion defeated by voice vote

April 3rd, 2008 - 1:11 pm ICT by admin  

Hyderabad, April 3 (IANS) A no-confidence motion against Andhra Pradesh’s Congress government by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was defeated by voice vote in the assembly Thursday after an acrimonious debate that lasted several hours. Since the TDP has only 45 members in 294-member house and the Congress enjoys overwhelming majority with 183 legislators, the fate of the motion was a foregone conclusion.

Speaker K.R. Suresh Reddy turned down the TDP demand for putting the motion to vote and declared that the motion was defeated by voice vote. At 2 a.m., he adjourned the house sine die, bringing curtains on the one-and-half month long budget session.

Only the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has two members in the house, had announced its support to the no-confidence motion.

The debate, marred by heated arguments between TDP and Congress legislators, dragged on well past midnight.

After a nearly two-hour reply by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy to the debate, TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu rose to level more allegations against the Congress government.

The TDP had already stated that the aim of bringing the no-confidence motion was only to “expose” various acts of omissions and commissions by the government.

While Naidu alleged that the government was steeped in corruption and remarked that Rajasekhara Reddy had no moral right to continue in office, the latter claimed his government was a model for others and listed out steps taken by him during last four years for the state’s development and people’s welfare.

“No other opposition party in the state’s history has failed the way the TDP has failed in playing its role as an effective opposition,” said the chief minister and questioned its motive in bringing the no-confidence motion.

The chief minister denied all the allegations of corruption levelled by Naidu against him, his cabinet colleagues and his son Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy.

Naidu had earlier alleged that Jaganmohan Reddy had launched Telugu daily Sakshi with “ill-gotten” money. He alleged that the chief minister and ministers were involved in irregularities in the construction of irrigation projects.

The debate took a dramatic turn at one point when Deputy Speaker G. Kuthuhalamma broke down in her chambers over certain remarks made by Naidu. The leader of opposition had lost his cool when the deputy speaker, who was in chair, denied him an opportunity to speak.

He remarked that the house has turned into a court of Kauravas and declared that his party would not allow her to run the house till the speaker returned to the house.

Kuthuhalamma, a Dalit, adjourned the house, broke down in her chambers and offered to quit. The Congress legislators alleged that Naidu humiliated a Dalit woman and demanded that a case under the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes Atrocities (Prevention) Act be booked against him.

Naidu denied humiliating her and pointed out that it was he who brought her into politics. He, however, withdrew his remarks, which paved way for her return to the house. The deputy speaker later compared her experience to the disrobing of Draupadi in Kaurava court.

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