New Delhi, July 22: Following a 12 debate in the Lok Sabha on Friday, the no-confidence motion moved by the TDP and backed the opposition parties against the NDA government was defeated.
The final count- Ayes-126 and Noes-325. The NDA's number which ought to have been at 312 came down to 294 with the Shiv Sena not voting. The BJP's sulking partner, Shiv Sena has 18 MPs in the Lok Sabha. The party at the last minute decided to stay away from voting.
While the NDA's number stood at 294 with the Shiv Sena staying away, it still managed to get a shot in the arm with the AIADMK backing it. With 37 MPs of the AIADMK, the final tally should have been at 331, but the board in the Lok Sabha showed the final count at 325. This is because, four AIADMK MPs and 2 from the BJP did not vote.
Kirti Azad of the BJP was not present as he was away from the country due to personal reasons. Vitthal Radadiya could not make it to the Lok Sabha on Friday owing to health reasons. For the NDA, the final tally would have been at 323, but two MPs were brought to the Lok Sabha on stretchers to vote.
The opposition should have 144 voting in favour of the motion. The tally however stood at 126. The TRS walked out before the vote, while the BJD abstained. Kamal Nath and Nonong Ering of the Congress were not present in the House and had sought prior permission for the same.
Among those who did not vote were, Shiv Sena (18), BJD (19), TRS (11), AIADMK (4), BJP (2) and Congress (2).