New Delhi, Jul 18: The Lok Sabha will take up debate on the no-confidence motion brought up by the opposition parties on July 20. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has accepted the no-confidence motion notice against the Narendra Modi government and said that discussion and voting on it will take place on Friday. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election 2020: BJP President JP Nadda to Meet Party Brass in State to Decide on Seat Sharing
Mahajan, who took up the issue after the question hour, said she had received notices from Opposition MPs expressing lack of confidence in the Union Council of Ministers, and that she was duty-bound to put it before the House. Also Read - Namami Gange Mission Most Comprehensive River Conservation Program, Says PM Modi
Trinamool Congress member Dinesh Trivedi urged her to change the date, saying the party MPs will attend the Martyrs’ Day rally in Kolkata on July 21 and would not be able to take part in the debate on July 20. “No confidence motion is a very important aspect of Parliament. We had requested the speaker and government to change the date. We protested but couldn’t convince them. So, all MPs have been asked to come to Delhi. Whip also will be issued,” he said. Also Read - Rare Pic: PM Modi Once Went Paragliding in Himachal's Solang Valley, Instructor Recalls The Day
She said Kesineni Srinavas of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was the first to give his no-confidence notice and asked him to move the motion supported by over 50 members, including those from Congress, Trinamool Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Samajwadi Party, Aam Aadmi Party and CPI-M.
Mahajan said the notice has been accepted. She said she will notify the day and time of discussion and voting, but within the stipulated 10 days.
“I think such overconfidence will serve no purpose. We will show a clear majority on July 20. We will win comfortably and show our strength to the opposition”, said Union Minister Ramdas Athawale.
His reaction came after Sonia Gandhi refuted the view that the opposition does not have the numbers. When asked about the opposition’s lack of numbers, Sonia Gandhi had told a news channel, “Who says we don’t have the numbers?”
The monsoon session of Parliament began on Wednesday and will end on August 10.
(With agency inputs)