India Will Be Watching Us Closely, Says PM Modi Ahead Of No-Confidence Motion Discussion

| July 20 , 2018 , 10:51 IST

The first no-confidence motion discussion in 15 years is set to take place in the Lok Sabha on Friday, against the BJP-led NDA government, which has an overwhelming majority in the lower house. Although the motion was initiated by Andhra Pradesh's TDP over lack of special category status for the state, multiple Opposition parties rallies in support of the motion against the centre.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ahead of the no-confidence motion debate in the Lok Sabha, termed it an important day in Parliamentary democracy and that India will be watching closely.

"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," tweeted PM Modi.

The no-confidence motion debate would be initiated by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), while Congress president Rahul Gandhi would be the leader speaker. During the day-long debate, the Opposition would raise matters of concern, which would be responded to be representatives of the ruling government.

According to reports, PM Modi, Rajnath Singh, Virendra Singh Mast, Rakesh Singh, Meenakshi Lekhi, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Ram Vilas Paswan will be speaking on behalf of the NDA government.

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Although the no-confidence motion was raised during the Budget Session of Parliament as well, the motion was not accepted due to disruptions and protests over other issues. Sources said that the BJP was going ahead with the no-confidence motion debate as it felt that once the issue is debated and defeated the Opposition would not have any excuse to disrupt proceedings in parliament.

Regardless of the numbers that the Opposition is able to muster in the no-confidence motion, the BJP independently has 272 MPs, which is more than the halfway mark, allowing it to reject the no-confidence motion put to vote.