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Govt’s backroom preparations to blunt Opposition during debate on no-confidence motion

Narendra Modi government has asked all the ministries to prepare a list of achievements of the last four years which will be highlighted during the debate

india Updated: Jul 19, 2018 21:15 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted by other BJP leaders as he arrives at the Parliament on Wednesday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

Ahead of the debate on no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha, all central ministries and departments have been directed to prepare a list of achievements of the Narendra Modi government which will be highlighted tomorrow while a core team will be at work to counter the opposition’s offensive as the debate progresses, officials said on Thursday.

It is a “pro-active” move and the intention is to take full advantage of the situation created due to the no-confidence motion moved by the opposition, an an official privy to the development said.

“All the ministries and departments were asked to prepare the list of achievements of the last four years and submit to the secretary concerned as early as possible so that these can be highlighted in the debate by the government side,” the official said.

Asked about issues expected to be raised by opposition to target the government during the debate, another official said a core team will prepare the counter-points as the debate progresses tomorrow and these will be handed over to the close aides of the Prime Minister, who will give the reply to the debate.

The opposition sponsored no- confidence motion against the Modi government was moved yesterday for the first time since the BJP-led dispensation came to power in 2014.

Explained: What is the no confidence motion and why has it been raised?

The opposition parties have brought the motion against the government on several issues like special status to Andhra Pradesh, cow vigilantism, lynchings, atrocities against women and dalits and alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act.

The motion will be the first since the BJP-led NDA government came to power four years ago.

“The House will take up the debate (on the motion) on Friday, July 20th. The discussion will be held for the full day, followed by voting on it,” Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had said on Wednesday.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

First Published: Jul 19, 2018 20:51 IST