Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh assembly on Tuesday took up a no-confidence motion, moved by the opposition Congress, against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.

Soon after question hour, Speaker Tulsi Ram informed the house that he had received a notice about a motion expressing no confidence against the government. It was moved by Leader of Opposition Vidya Stokes and backed by 22 Congress members.

It was immediately taken up after suspending all the business listed for the day. Even Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal wanted the motion taken up immediately. Initiating the debate, Stokes said both the BJP and its government "are not institutions with a difference in Himachal Pradesh but institutions that breed endless scandal and corruption."

"The state government is the mother of all scandals," she said.

(Agencies)

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