Chandigarh: Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday demanded a special session of the assembly saying that Congress will move a no-confidence motion against the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP)- Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) government.
“The government has lost the support of the people and many MLAs backing it,” the Leader of Opposition in Haryana said in a statement.
Hooda said that he has requested the Governor to convene a special session of the Assembly “as the government is not wanting a session of the House because it wants to avoid facing a no-confidence motion”.
The leader of the opposition claimed that CM Manohar Lal Khattar said as the opposition did not have any specific issue to raise there is no need to call a special session of the Assembly.
“Today the farmers of the state are protesting on roads all over Haryana and at Delhi borders. Every day one of the agitators sitting under the open sky is dying due to the bitter cold. In such a situation, we ask if the state government does not consider such a big agitation of farmers as an issue?”, Hooda asked.
“Does the government not consider the martyrdom of farmers an issue that merits a discussion? What can be a bigger issue for the government,” he asked.
Reiterating his stand on bringing a no-confidence motion in the assembly, the former CM claimed that many Independent MLAs have withdrawn support from the government.
Two Independent MLAs — Sombir Sangwan and Balraj Kundu — have withdrawn support to the state government, while many of the 10 legislators of the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) have openly come out in support of the farmers protesting against the Centre’s three farm laws.
“In this battle between the farmers and the government, many legislators of coalition partner JJP have also spoken in support of the farmers. It is clear that the BJP-JJP coalition government has lost not only support from the public, but also the confidence of its own legislators,” Hooda said.
“If a motion of no confidence comes in the legislative Assembly, then their allies in the government itself will vote against the government. That is why we have demanded a special session from the Governor. The government fears that many legislators will vote against it if a motion of no confidence comes and is avoiding a special session,” he claimed.
Hooda, recently said that some MLAs are playing a double role as they are making statements against the government but are continuing to support the government.
“This will make it clear who stands with the farmers, he had said, referring to the planned no-trust motion.
The 90-seat assembly of Haryana is currently dominated by the BJP with 40 seats and its ally JJP adds 10 extra to the figure. The Congress has 31 MLAs in the assembly and one each from the Indian National Lok Dal and Haryana Lokhit Party.
Out of the seven left, five including the including Power Minister Ranjit Singh Chautala, support the BJP-JJP government in the state.