On Wednesday, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan announced that the House would take up the debate on #NoConfidenceMotion moved by many Opposition parties on issues like special status to Andhra Pradesh, cow vigilantism, atrocities against women and Dalits and alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act and lynching, on Friday, 20th July 2018.
Sumitra Mahajan added that the discussion will be held for the full day, followed by voting on it. Discussion on #NoConfidenceMotion will start on the floor of Lok Sabha on 20th July at 10 am.
Recently, the Parliamentary affairs minister and BJP leader Ananth Kumar said, “All National Democratic Alliance (NDA) parties are going to vote unitedly against the no-confidence motion.”
The sources say that Narendra Modi-led government BJP (Bhartiya Janatha Party) would get the support of 314 MPs in the lower house, which has an effective strength of 535 members. The list of the 314 MPs does not include Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who is also a BJP MP. The majority mark is 268.
The motion has been moved by TDP with 16 MPs in the lower house on the issue of Andhra Pradesh being denied Special Category Status(SCS). The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was a member of the ruling NDA until March this year.
It is expected that the Shiv Sena, which has slammed its ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on a number of issues, will vote in favour of the Narendra Modi BJP government during the #NoConfidenceMotion (no-confidence motion) in the Lok Sabha today on Friday.
Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh will be held in 2019 and the TDP chief and AP CM Chandrababu Naidu had sought the support of other parties for the motion, citing NDA government’s “non-fulfilment of the promise” to grant special status to his state. Chandrababu Naidu knows that with the promise of Special Category Status (SCS) remaining unfulfilled, it would be difficult to convince the people to give him another shot at power.
The TDP members earlier moved a #NoConfidenceMotion (no-confidence motion) during the Budget Session of Parliament but it was rejected by the Speaker.