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TDP Points Finger At Government As No-Confidence Move Fails To Take Off
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TDP Points Finger At Government As No-Confidence Move Fails To Take Off

New Delhi:  As the proceedings started this morning in Lok Sabha, where the no-confidence notice by the Telugu Desam Party was to come up for admission, members of Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK rushed to the Well of the House demanding a resolution of the Cauvery water issue. Telangana’s TRS followed with a set of demands. Within minutes, the House was adjourned. A repeat performance followed when the house reconvened at noon, leading to an adjournment for the rest of the day, which put a stop to any progress on the no-confidence motion.

The Telugu Desam Party has now indicated that the AIADMK protest in Lok Sabha could have been “stage-managed”.

In an exclusive interview with NDTV, party leader YS Choudhary, a former minister in the Narendra Modi government, said: “I cannot say BJP told the AIADMK to go to floor of house, since I do not have proof. But the inference is that this is all stage managed”.  Mr Choudhary gave up the science and technology portfolio days before the TDP, the BJP’s biggest ally in south, pulled out of the NDA last week.

The TDP’s pitch for a no-confidence motion had the support of most opposition parties, including the Congress, Left and the Trinamool Congress. Despite lacking the numbers to pose a serious challenge to the government, the parties had welcomed the opportunity to “send a message”.  But the AIADMK has said it ha no interest in the no-confidence motion. Last year, after PM Modi’s visit to Tamil Nadu, there was speculation of the BJP wooing the party to gain a foothold in the state.

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