Hyderabad: Political temperature in Andhra
Pradesh suddenly shot up on Thursday with the principal Opposition
TDP announcing plans to move a no-confidence motion against
the Congress Government, which is already grappling with the
contentious Telangana statehood demand and dissidence.
As the Budget session resumes on June 4, the TDP led
by its chief N Chandrababu Naidu will move a no-confidence
motion against the Kiran Kumar Reddy government on problems
faced by farmers in the state.
Though the TDP does not have enough numbers to pull
down the Congress Government, its objective in moving the
no-trust motion appears to be part of its strategy to regain
the lost ground, particularly in the wake of the Telangana
statehood struggle, and also "expose" YSR Congress president Y
S Jaganmohan Reddy, political observers feel.
Parties like TRS and BJP have made it clear that they
would support a no-confidence motion against the Government
brought by anyone.
With its own strength of 90 MLAs, the TDP can muster
support of 11 TRS, four CPI, two BJP and one CPM taking the
total to 111 in the 294-member Assembly.
The Congress, on the other hand, has a strength of
154 MLAs of its own and can count on the support of 17 Praja
Rajyam and seven Majlis legislators besides three "associate"
The lone Lok Satta MLA is expected to remain neutral.
The YSR Congress officially has only one MLA in the
AP Assembly though about a dozen Congress, two TDP MLA and one
of PRP are backing him in violation of their respective
parties. Besides moving the no-confidence motion against the
government, the TDP is also contemplating to field its
candidate in the election for the Assembly Speaker`s post.
While TRS Legislature Party leader E Rajender
announced that his party would support a no-confidence motion
moved by any party, BJP state president G Kishan Reddy said
they too would extend their support.
"We will support any no-confidence motion against the
Congress government even if it is moved by the TDP," Kishan
The Budget session of the Assembly that was adjourned
sine die was not prorogued by the Governor so far in view the
pending election for the Speaker`s post, official source said.
Hence the House could be re-convened to take even the
no-confidence motion, the sources added.
The TDP`s main objective -- apart from cornering the
government on the farmers` issues through a debate on the
no-trust motion -- is to "expose" the real strength of Jagan
who has been claiming that the Kiran Kumar government was
surviving solely at his mercy.
In fact, it was Jagan who first challenged Naidu to
move a no-confidence motion against the government.
But when the TDP chief announced his party would move
the motion and dared Jagan to parade the MLAs supporting him
before the Governor, the MP-elect virtually conceded defeat
saying he did not have adequate numbers on his side.
The TDP may eventually face defeat on the
no-confidence but it will succeed in exposing Jagan who has
been crying hoarse over a "match-fixing deal" between the
ruling party and the main opposition.
It will also be a reality check for Jagan who has set
his sight on the state Chief Minister`s post, political