Monsoon Session: Speaker Accepts No-confidence Motion Against BJP Government The motion was jointly moved by Congress, Telugu Desam Party and the Nationalist Congress Party and will be taken up on Friday


THE MONSOON Session began Wednesday with a no-confidence motion being tabled in Parliament against the Narendra Modi-led government, a first in 15 years.

The notice for the motion was jointly moved by the Congress, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) with over fifty legislators supporting it. A no-confidence motion needs at least fifty Parliamentarians to back it.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan accepted the motion and announced that it would be taken up on Friday (July 20). The success of the motion, however, is tough to ascertain as the BJP-led government has 273 members in the 545-member lower house and can come out of it with an easy majority.

Earlier this year, the Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP had moved a no-confidence motion against the government during the Budget Session, hours after TDP’s exit from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

The TDP had broken away from the NDA after the Centre’s refusal to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh. However, the motion was never taken up due to constant disruptions in both houses.

According to PRS Legislative Research, a research body, the 2018 budget session was the least productive budget session since 2000. The Lok Sabha worked for just 21% of its scheduled time.

Mahajan had written to Parliamentarians ahead of the Monsoon Session urging them to avoid disruptions. Her request was echoed by several MPs, some of whom took to Twitter to voice their concerns.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the media ahead of the Monsoon Session saying, “I hope the Monsoon Session is a productive one and the time is properly utilised to discuss important matters”.

Addressing the opposition’s concerns he said: “If any party or any member wants to raise a certain issue, the government is ready to discuss it” and that he hoped for a productive session with “rich levels of debate”. Currently, there are sixty eight bills listed for consideration and passage in Parliament.

The Monsoon Session began this morning with a few members of the opposition staging a protest in the well of the house with lawmakers raising slogans of “We want justice” referring to the demand for special category status for Andhra Pradesh and for action against the growing cases of mob lynching.

Commenting on the spate of mob violence and growing intolerance, Congress party lawmaker from Kerala Shashi Tharoor raised the issue of growing mob violence and intolerance during the Zero Hour.

The Congress welcomed the Speaker’s decision to accept the no-trust motion.

However, both the Congress and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) had tried to postpone the date of the no-confidence hearing. According to the Congress,  attendance on Fridays is thin due to MPs heading back to their constituencies while the TMC opposed the date as they observe 21 July has Martyr’s Day.

The BJP, too, has issued a three-line whip to its MPs to be present during the no-trust vote, according to Times Now.




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