10 Mar 2021: No-confidence motion against Haryana government defeated in Assembly
The no-confidence motion against the Bharatiya Janata Party-Jannayak Janata Party (BJP-JJP) government in Haryana was defeated on Wednesday.
The no-confidence motion had been moved by the Congress party on the assertion that the Haryana government had "lost public confidence."
In recent times, the Haryana government has faced criticism over the ongoing farmers' protests against the BJP-led central government's agricultural laws.
Here are more details.
Details: 55 members voted against motion: Speaker
At the end of a marathon six-hour discussion on the motion, Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta announced that 55 members of the House had voted against the motion while only 32 members had supported it.
The ruling BJP-JJP alliance needed 45 votes to stay in power since the 90-member state Legislative Assembly currently has a strength of 88 members.
Fact: 39 BJP, 10 JJP members voted against motion
The 55 members who voted against the motion included 39 BJP members, 10 JJP members, five Independents, and one from the Haryana Lokhit Party. 30 members of Congress and two Independents, who had earlier withdrawn support, backed the motion.
Discussion: Leader of Opposition BS Hooda had moved motion
Haryana Leader of the Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda had moved the no-confidence motion against the government.
"More than 250 farmers died on the border," he complained in the Assembly.
"The Leader of the Opposition, BS Hooda agreed that they introduced contract farming in 2014 which exhibits their double standards and we will respond to that in the Assembly," Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala responded.
Quote: Result would've been different with secret voting: Hooda
After the motion was defeated, ANI quoted Hooda as saying, "The government stands exposed. I had said they will get a majority as they had issued a whip."
He added, "I had urged the Speaker for secret voting but it did not happen. Had there been secret voting, the results would have been different. Still, our numbers rose from 30 to 32."
Other remarks: Congress plans to move Adjournment, Calling Attention motions
Earlier, he had said that his party plans to bring many "Adjournment" and "Calling Attention" motions to bring the government's attention to the problems faced by people in the state.
"We will seek answers on issues such as farmers' neglect, rising unemployment, changes in domicile regulations, rising crime, paper leaks, liquor, and registry scams," he had said.