It is the first instance in 15 years that a no-confidence motion against the ruling government was moved, and was graciously accepted by the BJP in the Lok Sabha.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, on Wednesday accepted a no-confidence motion, called by the TDP and Congress, against the Narendra Modi-led government, and announced that a debate followed by voting on it would take place on Friday.
However, the no-trust motion should not be much of a concern for the NDA government; it will sail over the motion as BJP has 273 members, besides its allies, in the Lok Sabha, one above the halfway mark.
Apart from their own party MPs, BJP believes that the government will get the support of as many as 314 MPs in the Lok Sabha.
According to the estimate by the party’s floor managers, the government is likely to get support from small parties outside the NDA such as Anbumani Ramadoss-led PMK and Raju Shetty-led Swabhimani Paksha.
Though Ramadoss and Shetty are no longer a part of NDA, but th
e government believes that they would support it during the vote on the motion. Congress refuted the claim and observed that they (the BJP-led government) do not have the requisite numbers needed to win the trust vote.
Basically, through this no-trust motion BJP is trying to measure the strength of the party’s support before the 2019 general elections, felt political experts. The experts also observed that the BJP is also gauging its support base prior to the Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan assembly election.
It was further reported that the BJP wants to see if the MPs believe in the Modi-led governments ‘Vikash Mantra’ or they will dump or betray BJP to support other major political parties like the Shiv Sena and the Telegu Desham Party. Political pundits also opined that the BJP was seeking answers to such questions, thus, the treasury bench gave the nod and accept the opposition’s call for the no-trust motion.
While accepting the no-trust motion Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said that more than 50 members are supporting the motion, so the leave is granted (to bring the no confidence motion).
“The house will take up the debate (on the motion) on Friday. The discussion will be held for the full day, followed by voting on it,” said Mahajan, adding, “There would be no business or question hours on Friday.”
Meanwhile Parliament sources said that Telegu Desham Party (TDP) MP Srinivasan would move the motion as his party was the first to raise the notice. However, Congress floor leader and MP Mallikarjun Kharge objected the move and demanding that the largest party would be allowed to move the motion. Though the speaker retorted by saying that she was abiding by the rules, which say that the party which raises the motion first, gets to move it.
Commenting on Wednesdays developments Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Anant Kumar said, “NDA is united and will vote against the motion. Hopeful that we will get support of majority of house member, along with the MPs, who does not belongs to NDA.”
Expressing his surprise on the call of the motion the minister further added, “It is strange that opposition brings this motion despite the fact that BJP got majority on its own and NDA is ruling in 21 states.”
Retorting to Kumar, UPA chairperson told the media that who said we (the opposition) do not have numbers.
It was also reported that 50 house members from opposition, including AAP, TMC, TDP, NCP, CPI(M), Samajwadi Party and NCP were with them (UPA). The spokesperson added, “It is the first no confidence motion to be faced by any government in the Lok Sabha in 15 years; the last being in August 2003 when the Vajpayee-led NDA government faced the motion brought by Congress and other parties.”