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Andhra: TRS set to move no-trust motion against Cong govt

By Vicky Nanjappa
March 12, 2013 12:46 IST
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The Telangana Rashtra Samiti is all set to move a no-confidence motion on Wednesday against the ruling Congress government in Andhra Pradesh .

The Congress, which has 155 seats in the 294-member House, is expected to sail through the trust vote, assure sources. The party';s biggest worry are the Congress Members of Legislative Assembly who have openly expressed their allegiance to YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy.

But these MLAs are unlikely to vote against the Congress as they have specific instructions from Jagan against doing so.

Jagan, who is currently embroiled in several cases of corruption, will use these MLAs as leverage with the state government to negotiate a way out of his current quagmire.

The TRS is aware of the fact that the trust vote will not be able to topple the state government. But with this move, the party plans to back its claim that the Congress and the Telegu Desam Party are hand-in-glove and both parties are trying to scuttle the Telangana movement.

The four legislators of the Communist Party of India - Marxist and the three MLAs of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Andhra Pradesh assembly will support the no-confidence motion.

The TRS, which has only 17 MLAs in the assembly, does not have the requisite numbers to move such a motion. It can do so with help from the TDP, but the party has made it clear that it would not do so, since there was no chance of the government losing the trust vote.

With no support from any of the major parties, it is likely that the no-confidence motion will be merely discussed.

If the Congress survives the motion, it will tide over the remainder of its stint in power. No other party will be able to move a trust vote motion for the next six months and the state is scheduled to go to polls after that.

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