New Delhi: Trouble seems to be mounting for the UPA government. After the washout in four state polls, the Congress is now facing major deadlock over the Telengana issue as the six party MPs from Seemandhara region had pushed a no-confidence motion in Parliament on Tuesday, which is backed by the TDP and YSR Congress. However, it was not taken up in Parliament on Tuesday due to the uproar over the issue. In the no-confidence motion, they have mentioned that the UPA government has lost the faith of Seemandhra MPs.
In a worrying move, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Shiv Sena amongst other parties had already said that they will support the motion. Though, the BJP is playing waiting game and hasn't cleared its stand on the issue. The motion needs the support of 50 MPs to be admitted. TDP MP Venugopal Reddy had already claimed that 84 MPs from various parties will support the motion, increasing Congress's concern.
The Congress is under immense pressure to get its act together and if the deadlock is not broken this week, there is a serious possibility of Parliament session being curtailed. But reports say that no decision has been taken yet on advancing the vote on account, which will mark the end of the government's tenure, and call early elections.
In addition to this, Congress's senior leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's outburst against the leadership has also caused more worry. Aiyar on Tuesday said that the Congress must sit in Opposition for a while, plan and revamp the party following the severe mauling in the recent Assembly elections in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
Meanwhile, most of the MPs from Seemandhra region are likely to quit once the Telangana Bill is tabled in Parliament. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is also seriously planning to quit once the Telangana Bill is tabled in Parliament. According to his close aides, he is even planning to float his own political party.
Earlier, Union Tourism Minister Chiranjeevi had sent his resignation letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
The Centre had cleared the Telangana Bill last week. It will be sent to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly seeking its views. The views of the state assembly are not binding on the Centre. It can go ahead with the formation irrespective of what AP assembly says.