Shimla, August 10
The No-Confidence Motion against the State government was accepted by Speaker Vipin Singh Parmar in the house today. It was moved by 22 members of Congress and the lone CPI(M) MLA, alleging that the state government remained a failure on all fronts.
After heated exchanges between members of the opposition and treasury benches, including Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur in the house today, the speaker said that he accepts the notice of the Congress and other members as they moved it.
He said that all the business schedules for Thursday would remain suspended to allow the members to participate in the discussion on the motion of no-Confidence. He said that the house would assemble at 11 am tomorrow, and debate on the NCM would be held till 3 pm, after which the chief minister shall give a reply on the no-confidence motion.
Speaker said that he would urge both sides to give the names of the speakers so that he could allow them to speak in the house. Mukesh Agnihotri and other Congress members welcomed the motion’s acceptance but demanded that all 23 members be given time to speak on the motion. Congress members Asha Kumari, Ram Lal Thakur and Harshvardhan Chauhan also sought the speaker to increase their time so that all the 23 movers of motion and BJP members would participate in the discussion.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that his government is not running away from the NCM and is ready to discuss the motion; he, however, said that the members should not pressurise the speaker to decide how he should allow running the discussion in the house.
Accusing the Opposition Congress of being a divided house, he said that they had no single leader and the party appointed several presidents is trying to fix the discussion. He said that the opposition virtually made the house a fish market and is trying to bulldoze the house’s agenda by frequently creating disruption on every issue.
The opposition Congress earlier stressing upon the motion disrupted the proceeding of house. The speaker adjourned the house for 15 minutes. As the house assembled again, the speaker said he was ready to hear the opposition members who had submitted a motion of no confidence but they should have a sufficient number in the house. The speaker also conducted the head counts in the house to support the motion, and all the 23 members were present.
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