New Delhi, Jul 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday appealed the fellow MP colleagues to ensure constructive and disruption free debate on no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha. Claiming that today is an important day in the Parliamentary democracy, he said ‘India will be watching us closely’. Also Read - EU Stands With India in 'Challenging Time', Modi Says 'Collaboration Essential' to Stop Pandemic
“Today is an important day in our Parliamentary democracy. I’m sure my fellow MP colleagues will rise to the occasion and ensure constructive, comprehensive and disruption free debate. We owe this to the people and the makers of our Constitution. India will be watching us closely,” PM Modi said hours before government faces the first no-confidence motion in four years in the Lok Sabha. Also Read - Pressure Mounts on Modi Govt to Impose Nationwide Lockdown; Oppn Says Total Shutdown 'Inevitable'
The debate is scheduled to begin at 11 AM and likely last for seven hours followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reply, which is expected at around 6 pm. Meanwhile, all eyes will be on the AIADMK, Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Shiv Sena and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) as none have made their stand clear on supporting Modi government yet. The AIADMK has 37 MPs and the ruling BJD in Odisha has 19 MPs.
As the main mover of the no-confidence motion against the government, the TDP will initiate the debate on it in the Lok Sabha and it has been allocated 13 minutes by the speaker. Jaydev Galla will be the first speaker of the party, followed by Rammohan Naidu.
The ruling BJP, which enjoys a majority in the House, has been given 3 hours and 33 minutes in the debate. Congress, the main opposition party, has been allocated 38 minutes to present its views on the motion. Party chief Rahul Gandhi and the leader of the party in the House, Mallikarjun Kharge, are likely to speak on it.
Other opposition parties such as the AIADMK, Trinamool Congress (TMC), BJD and TRS have been allocated 29 minutes, 27 minutes, 15 minutes and nine minutes respectively.
To defeat the no-confidence motion, the BJP would require to gain a mark of 268 votes. The party is hopeful that regional parties like AIADMK, Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) – which has 37, 19 and 11 members- will either support it or abstain from voting. The NDA at present counts 312 members in the 535-member Lok Sabha, including 274 of the BJP.