India will be watching us closely, says PM Modi ahead of no-confidence motion
The NDA has 312 members in the current 533-member Lok Sabha, well above the halfway mark of 267 needed for it to sail through the challenge posed by the Opposition.india Updated: Jul 20, 2018 10:01 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday morning expressed the hope that the no-confidence motion being taken up against his government in the Lok Sabha later in the day will be held in a constructive and disruption-free environment.
Tweeting hours ahead of the vote, the Prime Minister wrote, “Today is an important day in our Parliamentary democracy. I am sure my fellow MP colleagues will rise to the occasion and ensure a constructive, comprehensive & disruption free debate. We owe this to the people & the makers of our Constitution. India will be watching us closely.”
The Telugu Desam Party moved the no-confidence notice on Wednesday, after which several Opposition parties rallied behind it. This is the first such motion against the Modi government, which stormed to power in May 2014 with the NDA winning 336 seats in the Lok Sabha. The BJP had won 282 seats on its own, garnering a simple majority in the lower house.
Experts believe the government strategy to allow the no-trust vote on the first day of the monsoon session was meant to steal the Opposition thunder. “We feel the opposition will have no issue to disrupt the house after the no-confidence is taken up,” a minister said.
The Opposition camp, on the other, hand feels the debate will give them an opportunity to raise contentious issues such as mob lynching, jobs, agrarian crisis, price rise, demonetisation, bank frauds, and alleged atrocities on Dalits.
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has 312 members in the current 533-member Lok Sabha, well above the halfway mark of 267 needed for it to sail through the challenge posed by the Congress and Telugu Desam Party, among others. And even in the unlikely event of all its allies ditching the BJP at the last moment, it would still have a count of 273 — six more than what’s needed to emerge victorious.
First Published: Jul 20, 2018 08:26 IST