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No-confidence motion against Modi government to be taken up on July 20

Start of Narendra Modi’s downfall, says TDP.

July 18, 2018 01:51 pm | Updated 10:49 pm IST - New Delhi

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan during the first day of monsoon session of the Parliament. TV Grab.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan during the first day of monsoon session of the Parliament. TV Grab.

The no-confidence motion is the starting point of the downfall of the Narendra Modi government, said Telugu Desam Party MP from Vijayawada Kesineni Srinivas. 

Minutes after his motion was accepted, Mr. Srinivas told The Hindu  that it was a victory of people of Andhra Pradesh. The TDP, which was prepared to carry out a protest through the monsoon session, was stumped as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan accepted the motion. 

The party has been on a collision course with the Modi government since the Budget speech did not figure the long-promised special package for Andhra Pradesh. Protests from the TDP and the YSR Congress Party stalled the entire Budget session with the TDP finally pulling out from the Modi Cabinet and eventually from the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.

‘BJP under pressure’

Mr. Srinivas said, “The BJP was under immense pressure not just from us but from the entire country. The entire country will be watching the no-confidence motion. People will see that because of their ruthless ambition to expand their footprint how they are treating each citizen of this country. No-confidence motion is the starting point of their downfall,” Mr. Srinivas added.

The party has suspended its protests both inside and outside Parliament till the motion is debated. The Opposition does not have the numbers to get this motion through as the BJP alone has 274 members in the Lok Sabha.

“Our fight for Andhra Pradesh after a most unjust bifurcation will never end until justice is served to people,” former Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said.

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