New Delhi, Jul 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the key senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah among others ahead of the debate on no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha. The Modi government is all set to face the first no-confidence motion in four years on Friday. The day-long debate between the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Opposition is likely to set the agenda for the 2019 general elections. On the first day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan accepted the Telegu Desam Party’s (TDP) no-confidence motion against the Centre over the Andhra Pradesh special status row. (Haven’t Decided on Supporting Modi Govt During no-confidence Vote: Shiv Sena) Also Read - EU Stands With India in 'Challenging Time', Modi Says 'Collaboration Essential' to Stop Pandemic
Top BJP leaders, including its president Amit Shah, reached out to their allies as well as other parties with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar expressing confidence that the government will get support from ‘new’ parties. “We will get new support. It will come from south, east and all directions,” Kumar said. Also Read - Pressure Mounts on Modi Govt to Impose Nationwide Lockdown; Oppn Says Total Shutdown 'Inevitable'
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami hinted that AIADMK may not back the no-confidence motion while the BJD and the TRS have not made their stand clear yet. The AIADMK has 37 MPs and the ruling BJD in Odisha has 19 MPs. Also Read - PM Dials Chief Ministers Of 4 States To Discuss Covid Situation In Their States. Read Details
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, as the Opposition geared up for the clash, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday announced that all the opposition parties have come to a consensus to move the vote of the no-confidence motion in the Monsoon Session.
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.
The NDA last faced the no-confidence motion under the leadership of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003. The Vajpayee-led Government had defeated the motion with an overwhelming majority.