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DMK calls AIADMK ‘spineless’ for not supporting no-trust motion in LS

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The DMK has called its arch-rival AIADMK “spineless” for not voting in favour of the no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government and alleged that the ruling party in Tamil Nadu supported the NDA as a “quid pro quo” despite several issues.

DMK working president M K Stalin said that the ruling party’s opposition to the motion in the Lok Sabha yesterday showed there was a “tacit alliance” between the AIADMK and the BJP.

Stalin, whose party has no representation in the Lower House of Parliament, had urged the AIADMK, which has 37 MPs, to support the no-trust motion.

“Support for Modi Govt in #NoConfidence despite NEET, 15th Finance Commission, GST, Hindi imposition and communal politics is further proof of the quid pro quo arrangement between ADMK and BJP,” Stalin said in a tweet late last night.

In a statement today, he called the AIADMK “spineless” for supporting the NDA, despite issues concerning Tamil Nadu.

The Modi-led government had “totally ignored” the state on issues including NEET, devolution of taxes in the GST era and by proposing to replace the UGC and trying to enact a legislation on dam safety, he said.

“The BJP government is going against democracy, social justice and regional autonomy and the chief minister (K Palaniswami) and the AIADMK MPs were spineless” in not opposing these, he said.

Though the ruling AIADMK was often claiming that it had only “government to government relations” with the BJP at the Centre, its support to the saffron party yesterday proved that “there is a tacit alliance” between the two, he said.

The AIADMK’s support to the BJP came just days after the latter’s chief, Amit Shah, had mentioned about corruption in Tamil Nadu, Stalin added.

During his recent visit to Tamil Nadu, Shah had said he was “pained” to see the state being “counted among the most corrupt” and asserted, “We will finish corruption here too.”

Yesterday’s no-confidence motion, moved by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), a former BJP ally, against the Modi government was decisively defeated last night.

The government secured 325 votes against 126 of the opposition.

Palaniswami had indicated on Thursday that his party might not support the motion as it was moved by the TDP for an issue concerning Andhra Pradesh.

“No party had backed Tamil Nadu on the Cauvery issue when AIADMK lawmakers had stalled the Lok Sabha for nearly three weeks seeking constitution of the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee,” Palaniswami had said.

The no-trust motion was the first after Modi assumed office in May 2014 and less than a year before the next general elections.

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Kumaraswamy government in deep slumber, alleges Yeddyurappa

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Belagavi |Alleging that the Congress-JDS coalition government in Karnataka was in a deep slumber like the epic character ‘Kumbhakarna,’ state BJP president B S Yeddyurappa on Tuesday said it had no moral right to remain in power.

The Congress was now regretting its decision to support the JD(S) to form a government, Yeddyurappa claimed in the assembly, as he asked the ruling coalition to work towards addressing issues of the people or “resign and go”.

Seeking to corner the government on a host of issues, he said the coalition worries in the ruling alliance were “hampering” the administration and developmental works.

Initiating the debate on drought situation in the state, Yeddyurappa said, the government has announced hundred taluks as drought-hit and the situation was such that 20 more taluks are likely to be added to the list.

Demanding answers from the government on drought mitigation measures, he said, according to information gathered by him, except for one or two places, ministers had not visited affected areas and funds were not being utilised efficiently for relief works.

Pointing out at the delay in setting up of fodder banks, he said, “no minister or Chief Minister had taken the situation seriously.

Noting that the state had overall deficit rainfall of about 49 per cent, Yeddyurappa sought to know the steps taken to address the situation with summer approaching fast.

“The government is in a deep slumber like Kumbhakarna.

It has closed it eyes. It is not coming to the rescue of farmers and people at the time when they need it the most,” he added.

Coming down heavily on the JD(S), Yeddyurappa while pointing at the promises made by the party ahead of assembly polls, including waiving of farm loan within 24 hours after coming to power, said its manifesto was a “bundle of lies”.

“I want to tell this Chief Minister that he had made a false promise to the 6.5 crore people of the state through his manifesto of lies….,” he said.

Stating that he would have wanted the government to complete its five-year term if it had fulfilled the promises made and worked for the betterment of the people, the BJP leader said, “after having seen its administration and its functioning, I feel this government has no moral right to stay in power.”

Yeddyurappa, the leader of Opposition also questioned Congress’ silence on the functioning of the government, headed by its coalition partner the JD(S).

“Have you (Congress) read JD(S)’ manifesto…. Chief Minister still speaks only about big things, but nothing was happening on the ground,” he said.

He alleged that during the previous Siddaramaiah government rule, 4,712 farmers had committed suicide and 489 under the current dispensation.

There was growing disgruntlement within the Congress and “it may explode any time”, he claimed.

“People are waiting when this government will go…

you (ruling coalition) work for the people and address their issues or resign and go,” he added.

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President accepts Upendra Kushwaha’s resignation

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New Delhi | President Ram Nath Kovind Tuesday accepted RLSP president Upendra Kushwaha’s resignation from the Union council of ministers. In a press communique, the Rashtrapati Bhavan said the President, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has accepted the resignation of Kushwaha from the Union Council of Ministers with immediate effect.

Kushwaha on Monday had severed his ties with the BJP and tendered his resignation accusing the Prime Minister of reducing the cabinet to a “rubber stamp”, “betraying” backward classes and giving Bihar only “jumlas”.

Making the announcement a day ahead of Parliament’s Winter Session, the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) leader Kushwaha from Bihar said he is open to joining the opposition alliance, which includes Lalu Prasad’s RJD and the Congress.

He also claimed the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance would not be able to win a single seat in the state.

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Winter Session: PM Modi urges political parties to take up issues of public interest

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New Delhi | Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged all parties to utilize the Winter Session of Parliament for public interest rather than political interests. Speaking outside Parliament before the start of the session, the prime minister asked leaders of various political parties to participate in debates, discuss issues of public interest and work towards resolving them.

Modi hoped that the session would be constructive and members would participate in debates on key issues concerning the public, even if sharper. He hoped the winter session would function more than its stipulated time.

“I am confident that political parties will keep public interest in mind and make use of this session to utilize it for furthering public interests and not parties interests,” he told reporters.

Modi said this Winter Session of Parliament is important and everyone should participate in the discussion.

“There should be a debate, discussion, and dialogue,” he said.

The Winter Session of Parliament starts Tuesday and will end on January 8.

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