India's ruling Janata Party headed by Prime Minister Morarji Desai faces a no confidence motion on Monday (16 July) tabled by Opposition leader Yeshwantrao Balwantrao Chaban.
GV Prime Minister Morarji Desai leaving building and into car
SCU Mr Y.B. Chaban - Opposition leader speaking in English
SCU Janata Party President Chandra Shekhar speaking in English
CHABAN: "It is a very established practice of testing the majority of government on the basis of a no confidence motion, and I have moved a no confidence motion because we feel that the government has failed in all respects in the matters of administration, including peaceful law and order, industrial relations, agriculture, the whole of manual and industrial production. All these matters our government is failing very badly. And we just wanted to demonstrate that parliament doesn't approve of what they're doing. I don't know in what way the result will come, but I find that it has created quite an excitement and there is some divisions in the Janata Party itself, I find. It is rather un unusual and unprecedented, and that's why it makes rather more interesting situation."
SHEKHAR: "If you ask me, I feel that the problem will be solved with the cooperation of all the members of the Janata Party, and also with the help of the friendly members and parties that are there in the Lok Sabha, One thing should be kept in mind, he Janata Party is not only the majority party today, but even after the desertion of some friends from the party it will remain the single largest party in the Lok Sabha, And no other group or party will be able to equal the Janata Party. So if the Janata Party goes and falls, there is no other alternative. And the only alternative left to the country will be to face (INDISTINCT) or face the situation of instability."
The Janata Party, an alliance of many factions formed to defeat former Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi two years ago has been plagued by internal rifts since its creation. The splits in the Janata Party involve political policy, economic policy, allegation of corruption and the links of one cabinet group with Hindus who have been accused of sowing communal hatred and were blamed for recent anti-Moslem riots. Among the three ministers who resigned on Thursday (July 12) was Minister of State for Information Jagbir Singh. Mr. Singh and others have been campaigning against a Hindu revivalist organisation called the Rashtriya Sweayamseyak Sangh (RSS). Three members of the Janata cabinet belong to the Jana Sangh, the political off-shoot of RSS, which has been blamed for Hindu-Moslem riots in which more than 150 people have been killed this year.
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Background: India's ruling Janata Party headed by Prime Minister Morarji Desai faces a no confidence motion on Monday (16 July) tabled by Opposition leader Yeshwantrao Balwantrao Chaban. The government crisis has developed because of the resignation from the Janata party of 54 parliamentary members. The Janata's majority of 29 seats in the Lok Sabha Lower House has been reduced to a minority.
SYNOPSIS: Prime Minister Desai suffered new setbacks on Thursday (12 July) when a further three ministers resigned form his government. Mr. Desai is confident of surviving Monday's no-confidence debate. Opposition leader Chaban explains his no confidence motion and Janata Party President Chandra Shekhar outlines his optimism about the government's survival.