Just a day before trust the vote, the Fugitive Offenders Bill, 2018 has seen the light of the day in Lok Sabha on Thursday, which will empower authorities to attach and confiscate properties and assets of economic offenders…
The bill will replace an ordinance promulgated by the Modi-led government this April.
Meanwhile, before the no-confidence motion is moved to-day, for the first time against PM Modi, and debated, winds from south of India seems to be in the favour of the Narendra Modi-led NDA.
Moreover, as time progresses, Amit Shah and Prime Minister Modi’s BJP is looking more and more confident before to-day’s floor test.
Reports asserted that the Shiv Sena and AIADMK have extended their hands of support to BJP, as well as the NDA government. This is a big achievement for the Narendra Modi-led NDA, because the oppositions had earlier demanded that they have calculated and it seems bleak that the no-confidence motion would go in favour of PM Modi, said sources within the BJP.
But now almost taking a U-turn the opposition, specially the Congress is singing to a different tune, according to sources the Congress is now saying that the floor test is not a number game, it does not matter who wins…
Well one can fathom that the Congress is already under pressure and may have just been over zealous in their calculations.
Coming back to the bill that was passed giving extra muscle to the authorities to close in on financial thugs, a News agency, yesterday reported that on Thursday at Parliament, the Finance Minister Piyush Goyal while speaking in the lower house had said, “The ordinance is the need of the hour. Cases where the total value involved in such offences is Rs.100 crore or more will come under its purview. Till 2014 nothing was done on this front.”
After the Lower house of the Parliament had passed the bill Shiv Sena, a NDA ally, with 18 MPs’, and non-align party AIADMK, with 37 MPs’, had some good news for the treasury bench that came in the form of their extended support for the BJP.
However, from Thursday morning, both the BJP and the oppositions had engaged in hectic parleys to get the desired numbers in their support for to-day’s floor test.
But, even though, the ruling party, the BJP, is expected to defeat the motion by virtue of its numbers in the Lok Sabha—where it has 273 members alone, and the NDA has 314 members, minus the speaker—nevertheless, it will be a test of might for the united opposition, as well as a test of cohesion between the BJP, and its allies; ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Experts felt if BJP can win today’s floor test, then the main ruling party of the NDA government will park huge oxygen for fighting in the upcoming assembly elections.
BJP’s old ally the Shiv Sena yesterday informed that they will vote in favour of the saffron party. Before this announcement BJP’s national president Amit Shah met Sena Chief Udhav Thackerey and broke the ice between them.
Another non-align party AIADMK’s leader and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M Palaniswamy also hinted that they might not back the no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government.
He said, “No party had backed Tamil Nadu on the Cauvery issue during the budget session, when its legislators had stalled Lok Sabha for nearly three weeks seeking the constitution of the Cauvery management Board and The Cauvery Water regulatory committee. Then who did voice for us. Which state stand behind us, no state stood.” This is nothing less than music to the ears of BJP members.
After these announcements, the BJP it seems has an advantage, furthermore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also sought co-operation of all political parties for the smooth functioning of Parliament and a productive session.
When asked about this the Congress MP and Ex-union Minister Anand Sharma, had said, to a News agency, “It is to show the mirror to the government. It is not only a question of numbers. We will use this occasion to expose the government, and raise various issues concerning the people of the country and tell the truth to the people.” He also added that this was the launch of a campaign which will send the BJP packing in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Present Strength of Lower House, and where different political parties stand (as reported):
The count will go up if they support BJP (as reported):
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One TDP MP hinted that he will walk out at the time of trust vote. Then the strength will reduce to 532.
Now from oppositions side (as reported):
Now if some small parties align to UPA, like IUML with 2 MPs’ JD (S) with 1, Kerala Congress (M) with one MPs, JMM with 2 MPs’ and RLD-RSP each with one MPs’, if voted for the motion then the number will increase to 128. In spite of this the opposition will be missing the half way mark and NDA will win the floor test, said an expert.