Hyderabad: The much-talked-about and media-hyped No-Confidence Motion moved against the N. Kiran Kumar Reddy Government by Telugu Desam Party turned out to be only a storm in the tea cup on Saturday.
The ruling party outwitted and maneuvered to take the wind out of the sails of the TDP by meticulous planning in ensuring the adjournment of the Assembly sine die without giving scope for the no-confidence motion to be taken up in the House.
Despite being fully aware that its no-confidence motion against the State government on the ground that it had miserably failed to protect the interests of the farmers would not hold water considering the comfortable majority of the Congress and its allies, the TDP ventured to move the no-confidence motion mainly to corner Mr Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and his YSR Congress Party.
It may be mentioned here that Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy had been repeatedly proclaiming that the Kiran Kumar Reddy government was surviving at his mercy and that he could pull it down any moment. Realizing that he and his party has no strength to move no-confidence motion, he began taunting the TDP to move the same and offered his support.
An exasperated Mr Chandrababu Naidu felt that it was time to pay back Mr Jagan with his own coin and moved the no-confidence motion two days back. To ensure that the notice was not entertained on flimsy technical grounds, the TDP filed another notice on Saturday one hour before the Assembly session began. What is more three TDP rebel members, led by Dr Nagam Janardhan Reddy also served a separate no-confidence notice against the council of ministers for going back on their promise for creation of a separate Telangana State.
Since this morning, the political atmosphere in the State capital was electrified and surcharged over the fate of the State government in the event of the no-confidence motion coming up in the Assembly. Even in the House, there were high expectations that the motion would be taken up soon after the election of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker.
However, in a surprising twist to the high voltage drama, the newly elected Deputy Speaker, Mr Bhatti Vikramarka, soon after his felicitation on his election, adjourned the House sine die even as the shocked and stunned TDP members watched with open mouth.
Mr Chandrababu Naidu immediately convened a meeting of his party legislators in the TDLP office and proceeded to Raj Bhavan along with 90 members to demand the Governor, Mr E.S. L. Narasimhan, to convene a special session of the Assembly for enabling the State government to seek a trust vote on the floor of the House within ten days. All said and done, after all the political drama that was unfolding for the past few days, it was the ruling Congress which had the last laugh