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Telugu Desam Party moves no-trust motion against Centre in Lok Sabha, House adjourned till Monday

A no-trust motion can be accepted only if it has the support of at least 50 members in the House.

The Telugu Desam Party moved a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha on Friday, hours after the party broke its alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party. The Lok Sabha has been adjourned till Monday after Telugu Desam Party legislators stormed the well of the House.

A no-confidence motion can be accepted only if it has the support of at least 50 members in the House. The Congress, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, which together have more than 50 members, are likely to support the motion. Tamil Nadu’s All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam will support the motion if the Centre does not constitute the Cauvery Management Board, party leader KC Palanisamy said.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu told the state Assembly that he took the decision to quit the BJP-led alliance keeping in mind the state’s interests. “For four years I made every effort, went to Delhi 29 times, and asked [for special status] many times,” Naidu said. “This was the Centre’s last Budget and there was no mention of Andhra Pradesh.”

He criticised Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for saying that sentiment cannot increase the quantum of funds. “What a reckless statement,” the chief minister said. “Telangana was carved for sentiment. Sentiment is very powerful. Even now you are doing injustice.”

If the provision for special status had been included in the bifurcation act, this situation would have not arisen, Naidu added.

Repeated adjournments

The Telugu Desam Party has been protesting for weeks demanding special category status for Andhra Pradesh. The Budget Session of the Parliament has been repeatedly adjourned over their demand. The lawmakers had also accused the BJP-led government of not allocating enough funds for Andhra Pradesh in the Union Budget this year.

“We go according to principles,” Telugu Desam Party’s floor leader in the Lok Sabha Thota Narasimham told PTI. “Our leader felt being part of NDA and moving a no-confidence motion would not be ethical. So we withdrew from the NDA and I have issued a letter on no-confidence motion to the Speaker at 9.30 am.”

On Thursday, YSR Congress legislator YV Subba Reddy handed over a notice to the Lok Sabha secretary-general, asking that a no-confidence motion be moved against the government. He asked for it to be included for business on Friday. The Telugu Desam Party had earlier said it would support the YSR Congress’ no-confidence motion, but on Friday it said that it had “no confidence in that motion”.

“If it is not taken due to lack of time today [Friday], on Monday we will get signatures from 54 MPs from various other parties and push for a no-confidence motion vigorously,” TDP leader CM Ramesh said.

‘Government not in danger’

Leaders of the National Democratic Alliance, meanwhile, said though the Telugu Desam Party’s withdrawal is unfortunate, there is no danger to the government. Janata Dal (United) leader KC Tyagi told ANI, “In a big alliance, small difference of opinions happen. There is no danger to NDA government.”

BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said the Andhra Pradesh government and the Telugu Desam Party are “feeling the pinch of the public opinion going against them” and the saffron party will “use this as an opportunity to grow as a political party and emerge as a dominant political force” in the southern state. “We believe TDP is finding the going tough in Andhra Pradesh, they are seeing a defeat for themselves in 2019 and they want to use this as an alibi to really retrieve lost political ground.”

The question is why chief minister Chandrababu Naidu took four years to realise the alliance with BJP is not working, he added.

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Swara Bhasker: Sharp objects has to be on the radar of every woman who is tired of being “nice”

The actress weighs in on what she loves about the show.

This article has been written by award-winning actor Swara Bhasker.

All women growing up in India, South Asia, or anywhere in the world frankly; will remember in some form or the other that gentle girlhood admonishing, “Nice girls don’t do that.” I kept recalling that gently reasoned reproach as I watched Sharp Objects (you can catch it on Hotstar Premium). Adapted from the author of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn’s debut novel Sharp Objects has been directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, who has my heart since he gave us Big Little Lies. It stars the multiple-Oscar nominee Amy Adams, who delivers a searing performance as Camille Preaker; and Patricia Clarkson, who is magnetic as the dominating and dark Adora Crellin. As an actress myself, it felt great to watch a show driven by its female performers.

The series is woven around a troubled, alcohol-dependent, self-harming, female journalist Camille (single and in her thirties incidentally) who returns to the small town of her birth and childhood, Wind Gap, Missouri, to report on two similarly gruesome murders of teenage girls. While the series is a murder mystery, it equally delves into the psychology, not just of the principal characters, but also of the town, and thus a culture as a whole.

There is a lot that impresses in Sharp Objects — the manner in which the storytelling gently unwraps a plot that is dark, disturbing and shocking, the stellar and crafty control that Jean-Marc Vallée exercises on his narrative, the cinematography that is fluid and still manages to suggest that something sinister lurks within Wind Gap, the editing which keeps this narrative languid yet sharp and consistently evokes a haunting sensation.

Sharp Objects is also liberating (apart from its positive performance on Bechdel parameters) as content — for female actors and for audiences in giving us female centric and female driven shows that do not bear the burden of providing either role-models or even uplifting messages. 

Instead, it presents a world where women are dangerous and dysfunctional but very real — a world where women are neither pure victims, nor pure aggressors. A world where they occupy the grey areas, complex and contradictory as agents in a power play, in which they control some reigns too.

But to me personally, and perhaps to many young women viewers across the world, what makes Sharp Objects particularly impactful, perhaps almost poignant, is the manner in which it unravels the whole idea, the culture, the entire psychology of that childhood admonishment “Nice girls don’t do that.” Sharp Objects explores the sinister and dark possibilities of what the corollary of that thinking could be.

“Nice girls don’t do that.”

“Who does?”

“Bad girls.”

“So I’m a bad girl.”

“You shouldn’t be a bad girl.”

“Why not?”

“Bad girls get in trouble.”

“What trouble? What happens to bad girls?”

“Bad things.”

“What bad things?”

“Very bad things.”

“How bad?”


“Like what?”


A point the show makes early on is that both the victims of the introductory brutal murders were not your typically nice girly-girls. Camille, the traumatised protagonist carrying a burden from her past was herself not a nice girl. Amma, her deceptive half-sister manipulates the nice girl act to defy her controlling mother. But perhaps the most incisive critique on the whole ‘Be a nice girl’ culture, in fact the whole ‘nice’ culture — nice folks, nice manners, nice homes, nice towns — comes in the form of Adora’s character and the manner in which beneath the whole veneer of nice, a whole town is complicit in damning secrets and not-so-nice acts. At one point early on in the show, Adora tells her firstborn Camille, with whom she has a strained relationship (to put it mildly), “I just want things to be nice with us but maybe I don’t know how..” Interestingly it is this very notion of ‘nice’ that becomes the most oppressive and deceptive experience of young Camille, and later Amma’s growing years.

This ‘Culture of Nice’ is in fact the pervasive ‘Culture of Silence’ that women all over the world, particularly in India, are all too familiar with. 

It takes different forms, but always towards the same goal — to silence the not-so-nice details of what the experiences; sometimes intimate experiences of women might be. This Culture of Silence is propagated from the child’s earliest experience of being parented by society in general. Amongst the values that girls receive in our early years — apart from those of being obedient, dutiful, respectful, homely — we also receive the twin headed Chimera in the form of shame and guilt.

“Have some shame!”

“Oh for shame!”




“Do not bring shame upon…”

Different phrases in different languages, but always with the same implication. Shameful things happen to girls who are not nice and that brings ‘shame’ on the family or everyone associated with the girl. And nice folks do not talk about these things. Nice folks go on as if nothing has happened.

It is this culture of silence that women across the world today, are calling out in many different ways. Whether it is the #MeToo movement or a show like Sharp Objects; or on a lighter and happier note, even a film like Veere Di Wedding punctures this culture of silence, quite simply by refusing to be silenced and saying the not-nice things, or depicting the so called ‘unspeakable’ things that could happen to girls. By talking about the unspeakable, you rob it of the power to shame you; you disallow the ‘Culture of Nice’ to erase your experience. You stand up for yourself and you build your own identity.

And this to me is the most liberating aspect of being an actor, and even just a girl at a time when shows like Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies (another great show on Hotstar Premium), and films like Veere Di Wedding and Anaarkali Of Aarah are being made.

The next time I hear someone say, “Nice girls don’t do that!”, I know what I’m going to say — I don’t give a shit about nice. I’m just a girl! And that’s okay!

Swara is a an award winning actor of the Hindi film industry. Her last few films, including Veere Di Wedding, Anaarkali of Aaraah and Nil Battey Sannata have earned her both critical and commercial success. Swara is an occasional writer of articles and opinion pieces. The occasions are frequent :).

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