Hyderabad: A high-voltage political drama suddenly began to unfold in the State on Thursday with the Telugu Desam party deciding to take on the Kiran Kumar Reddy government by moving a no-confidence motion against it over the farmers’ issue.
The TDP president, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, held a high-level meeting with senior party leaders this morning and thoroughly deliberated on the pros and cons of moving a no-confidence motion against the Congress government in the State. After a lengthy discussion, it was finally decided to go ahead with its plan.
Later senior TDP leaders proceeded to the Assembly to call on the Deputy Speaker, Mr Nadendla Manohar, to serve the no-trust motion against the government. However, since the Deputy Speaker was not available, the TDP leaders handed over the notice to the Legislature Secretary.
Speaking to the media at NTR Bhavan, Mr Chandrababu Naidu explained that the present government has miserably failed to resolve various problems confronting the people, especially the farmers. The people have lost confidence in the government in coming to their rescue. As a responsible Opposition, the TDP had tried to take up various issues confronting the farmers and even launched agitations. But the government failed to respond. Hence, we have decided to move the no-confidence motion, he explained.
In reply to a question, Mr Chandrababu Naidu asserted that his party was not moving the no-confidence motion to usurp power. “We do not want to come to power through back door methods. If the people have confidence in us, they would vote us back to power”, he observed.
The TDP president said that his party was not bothered about the success or otherwise of the no-confidence motion. He also left it to the discretion of the other parties about supporting their no-trust motion. “My appeal is that all the parties should vote with conscience and conviction”, he added.
It may be mentioned here that both Houses of the State Legislature are expected to meet on July 4 and 6 with the sole purpose of electing presiding officers. The Speaker’s post fell vacant after Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy was made the Chief Minister and the Deputy Speaker, Mr Nadendla Manohar, has been discharging the duties as acting Speaker. In all probability, Mr Manohar might be elevated as the Speaker and a new Deputy Speaker has to be elected.
The TDP, in a bid to cause an embarrassment to the Kiran Kumar government, seems to be seriously considering to field it own candidate for the Speaker’s post and thus force an election. One among the senior party leaders like Mr Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Mr K. E. Krishna Murthy and Mr M. Narasimhulu are expected to be fielded in the election.
While experts opined that the no-confidence motion against the government cannot be moved because the Assembly was being convened with the specific purpose of electing the Speaker and Deputy Speaker. However, the TDP leaders argued that the once the Speaker was elected, he could extend the session to facilitate taking up the no-confidence motion.
However, to checkmate any attempt of the ruling party to obstruct the no trust notice, the TDP seemed to have decided to contest for the Speaker’s post and thus corner the government besides taking pot shots against it.
Speculations are also rife in political circles that the Chief Minister in an attempt to pull the rug from underneath the Opposition might even seek a trust vote in the Assembly and thus silence his detractors within and outside the party.