Govt rules out bringing trust vote on coalgate



New Delhi: Government on Monday ruled out bringing a trust vote in the wake of parliamentary deadlock over CAG report on coal block allocation and asserted that if the Opposition brings a no confidence motion, it will be defeated.

"There is no such plan," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said when asked if government's plans to bring a vote of confidence.

"Why should we bring it. If the Opposition wants to bring a no confidence motion. It will be defeated," he said.

Bansal also scoffed at suggestions that Parliament's Monsoon session will be adjourned sine die due to the persisting deadlock much before September 7, when it is due to end.

The Minister also said the Lok Sabha would take up a discussion on the statement of the Prime Minister on the CAG report under Rule 193 which does not entail voting.

It is learnt that RJD's Lalu Prasad, SP's Shailendra Kumar, CPM's Ramchandra Dome and BJD's B Mahtab have given notices in this regard.

The last time a confidence vote was brought was in July, 2008 when the Left had withdrawn support to UPA over the issue of Indo-US nuclear deal.

While government has no hopes of an end to the deadlock before the conclusion of the session, Bansal said there were no plans to suspend opposition members to ensure smooth conduct of business in both Houses.

Attacking the BJP, he said the opposition party has shown no inclination to participate in Parliament functioning.

Bansal said the BJP was not interested in functioning of Parliament and wanted to create a situation of "crisis" and "instability".

"I will be constrained to come to the conclusion that the BJP is trying to create a situation of crisis to create a feeling of instability which will be disastrous for Parliamentary democracy," Bansal said.

The Minister also appealed to the opposition party to come forward and participate in a debate on the Prime Minister's statement on the CAG report on coal block allocation.

"I can only appeal to them. I only hope against hope that they realise the importance of Parliament, as there are good many issues like the economic crisis, fertilizer prices, Amarnath Yatra, drought and floods which are to be discussed in Parliament. We also want some important legislations to be passed in the current session," he said.

PTI