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Crisis for UPA as Seemandhra MPs move no confidence motion


Pallavi Ghosh, CNN-IBN
Jan 06, 2014 at 12:35pm IST

New Delhi: The rebellion against the UPA government is on the rise as a no-confidence motion was brought in Parliament on Tuesday. Six Seemadhra MPs had on Monday sent a notice to move the no-confidence motion to protest the creation of Telangana.

Just a day after Congress's debacle in the Assembly elections, the party is facing rebellion not just from the Andhra leaders but other parties too are mulling over the option to bring down the government.

"Because of UPA's performance Congress lost miserably in the Assembly elections in the four states and people have lost confidence in the government. I hope parliament will also lose confidence in the government," Congress Lok Sabha member from Seemandhra region Lagadapati Rajagopal said.

Though the no confidence motion in Parliament might not be accepted, the message has certainly been delivered to the ruling government.

Not just outside the party, Congress members too believe that the party must sit in opposition. "I entirely believe that the highest priority must be to refashion the Congress government to the natural party of governance in the 21st century." Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi too believes that the party needs to take a break to reinvent and strengthen itself. However, after the massive loss suffered in the recent elections, such a statement and sentiment from the ones higher in the ranks of the party is unlikely to enthuse the workers.

The party which is now in panic mode is rushing in with more reforms and populist schemes. It is making efforts to contain the price rise. Finance Minister too has assured to reduce the current account deficit.

Taking a lesson from the success of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Rahul and other young party leaders are also planning to reach out to young voters. They are also planning to have a strong and aggressive media campaign for the general elections in 2014.

But with investor confidence falling and even allies hitting out, the government finds itself vulnerable to attack from all fronts.

"If this government is not learning any lesson inspite of such drubbing and decimation in the polls why should there be any confidence in the government," BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said as the BJP too is thinking about supporting the no-confidence motion.

It is to be seen whether the government will be able to fight the opposition and find some out-of-the-box solutions to reinvent itself before the Lok Sabha polls.

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