House arithmetic after BJD and Shiv Sena keep away from no-confidence vote

The National Democratic Alliance, which faces a no-confidence motion, began the day with 312 votes. However, with the Shiv Sena walking out, its strength has come down to 294 members.

india Updated: Jul 20, 2018 14:59 IST
Prashant Jha
Prashant Jha
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The no-confidence motion puts the Narendra Modi government to test, and the numbers may shift yet again once swing parties – particularly the AIADMK and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi – make their preferences public.(PTI)

Although the AIADMK has indicated that it will oppose the no-confidence motion moved against the NDA government, other reports suggest that the party is divided on the matter.

If all the 37 MPs of the regional party end up voting against the motion, it will drastically change the numbers in the house in the government’s favour.

Two parties – the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Shiv Sena – have already decided to boycott the ongoing no-confidence motion in Parliament. There are 533 members in the Lok Sabha (excluding the Speaker) at present, but its effective strength will come down to 496 if 19 MPs of the BJD and 18 of the Shiv Sena do not participate in the voting process.

This means that the current halfway mark, at 1.15 pm, stands at 249 seats. The two-thirds mark is 330.

The National Democratic Alliance began the day with 312 votes. However, its strength came down to 294 members after the Shiv Sena walked out. If the AIADMK’s 37 MPs back the government, its strength will go up to 331 seats.

While the final outcome will remain contingent on whether each MP from the NDA umbrella as well as the AIADMK votes for the government, the current configuration suggests that the government’s aim of securing two-thirds majority in the house during voting lies within the realm of possibility. Chennai could hold the key to the magnitude of the BJP’s victory.

First Published: Jul 20, 2018 12:12 IST