Action likely against Cong MPs for no-trust notice: Shinde

Congress is likely to crack the whip on six of its MPs from Seemandhra for giving notice for no-confidence motion against the government to protest against creation of Telangana.

“They (MPs) are from a disciplined force. If there is any indiscipline, the party will take care of that,” senior Congress leader and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday.

He was replying to a question whether Congress was going to initiate action against the party MPs for giving notice for the no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha against their own government.

Shinde, who is also the Leader of Lok Sabha, said due to the uproar in the House on a number of issues, the motion was not taken up by the Speaker on Tuesday.

“Today, the House was not ready to discuss, no one is ready to listen. There was confusion and then the House was adjourned,” he said.

Asked whether the Speaker would admit the motion, the Home Minister said it was for the Speaker to take a call on it.

“The Speaker does her own work, the government does its own. The Speaker acts on each motion as per the rules,” he said.

The Seemandhra Congress MPs, four TDP members and three members of YSR Congress Party gave separate notices to the Speaker Meira Kumar for moving a no-trust motion.

In their letter to Kumar, the Congress MPs sought permission to move a motion expressing no-confidence in the Union Council of Ministers under Rule 198 of the Rules of Procedures and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha.

The MPs have been strongly opposing division of Andhra Pradesh and have submitted their resignation from Lok Sabha which have not been accepted.