Jagan's real strength exposed, says TDP

The YSR Congress Party has admitted its inability to table a no confidence motion against the government in the Assembly owing to numbers.

YSR Congress Party official spokesman Ambati Rambabu said his party had one MLA and one MP and it was not possible to move a no trust motion due to technical reasons. “We have the support of the Congress MLAs and they are prepared to come out as and when necessary,” he said.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Rambabu accused the TDP leadership for colluding with the Congress to save the existing dispensation. As a main Opposition party enjoying the backing of over 90 MLAs, the TDP was expected to play a watch dog role and highlight the lapses of the Government. Yet, it was not tabling the confidence motion.

He alleged that TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu had assured Congress political secretary Ahmed Patel that he would not topple the present Government. In order to cover up his collusion with the Congress, he was asking the YSR Congress Party president to table the no confidence motion. “Mr. Naidu is afraid of facing a mid term election as he is unsure of his party's prospects,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Congress Legislature Party criticised the TDP and the YSR Congress Party for making “irresponsible” statements on moving no confidence motion. Government Chief Whip Mallu Bhattivikramarka accused them of exposing their “hunger for power” through such moves instead of focussing on people's problems.

TDP elated

There is a sense of elation among Telugu Desam leaders that they were able to “call the bluff” of YSR Congress president, Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy and expose his “real strength” of the Congress MLAs supporting him.

In fact there is a feeling among these leaders at the ongoing Mahanadu that they should have thrown this gauntlet at Mr. Jagan on the day he came up with the charge that TDP was reluctant to move no confidence motion as part of its understanding with ruling Congress.

They were surprised by Mr. Jagan's “instant response” to TDP president, N. Chandrababu Naidu daring his party to approach the Governor to bring down the Kiran Kumar Reddy government and proved that he was a “political novice”.

The TDP challenge has forced him to concede that he did not have enough number of MLAs to move the no confidence motion. If Mr. Jagan is still confident, he could approach the Governor with a letter of support from the MLAs, to force a floor test, they added.

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