CHENNAI: A section of AIADMK MPs were caught in a dilemma to vote or to abstain from voting during the opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion against the BJP government on Friday.
All AIADMK MPs voted in favour of BJP-led NDA government at the Centre - i.e., they voted against the motion. Now, it has come to the light that ahead of voting, MPs indeed wanted to abstain from the voting instead of taking part in it which in turn was tantamount to supporting the government.
Explaining what had happened on Friday, party sources said “Some of the AIADMK MPs were reluctant to support the BJP government. They felt that abstaining from voting would be a safer stance for the party since even Shiv Sena, an NDA partner had decided to abstain. But, top leaders of the party insisted that all MPs should vote against the no-confidence motion. The directive of the top leaders was conveyed to MPs by Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha M Thambidurai and AIADMK parliamentary party leader P Venugopal.”
The sources also said to avoid any last minute confusion, a two-line whip - to be present in the House and to vote against the no confidence motion - was issued in morning ahead of beginning of discussion on the motion and the signatures of all AIADMK MPs were obtained.
The sources also underscored the fact that indeed, the AIADMK MPs were convinced by the fact that supporting the no-confidence motion would be against the interests of Tamil Nadu. On reports that a few AIADMK MPs had voted against the government, a senior MP denied it. “In the case of Theni MP R Parthiban, the voting button did not work properly. So, he had recorded his vote in writing. All other MPs of AIADMK voted against the no trust motion,” he said.
Stalin hits out at AIADMK for backing BJP
Chennai: The AIADMK support to BJP government during the no-confidence motion on Friday is a “treachery of people of Tamil Nadu’ as the national party had not allocated funds for welfare measures of Tamil Nadu, DMK working president MK Stalin has said. In a statement, he said the AIADMK had been exposed of being a “benami of BJP”.
He slammed the Chief Minister for supporting BJP and said the Union government had not earmarked any funds for important State government projects. On Friday night, Stalin had tweeted, “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 AIADMK and BJP. IT raids of CM’s family achieved their objective.”