Congress survives no - confidence motion in Andhra
It went as per the script. Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday night survived the no-confidence motion amid ruckus from TDP members. After the vote at the end of a marathon debate on the motion moved by the TDP, the Congress score card was 160, while the opposition tally stood at 122 in the 294-member House. Three MLAs abstained, while one MLA’s vote was kept as ‘neutral’. As per the speaker’s orders, the voting finally began at 1 am and those supporting the motion stood up first as the assembly staff counted their numbers. The challenge posed by Jagan loyalist MLAs to Kiran’s government despite intense lobbying to bring them back into the Congress fold could be indicative of the tough days ahead for the CM. The no-confidence motion exposed the vulnerability of the Congress government —so much so that it came to a situation where it became clear that it was actually running with the support of MLAs belonging to Chiranjeevi’s Prajarajyam Party and Majlis party. It was Chiranjeevi and Akbaruddin Owaisi who saved the blushes for the Kiran government.