The debate on the motion, started on August 8, is on its last leg today.
The intense discussion over the no-confidence motion between the ruling and opposition parties is reaching its conclusion today, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi due to respond. The Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (I.N.D.I.A.) filed a no-confidence motion against the current National Democratic Alliance (NDA) administration, setting the stage for a parliamentary struggle over the violence in Manipur and other simmering concerns.
“The Prime Minister will be present in the House tomorrow to respond to the no-confidence motion,” Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said yesterday in the Lok Sabha.
- In the last two days, both sides have engaged in a heated verbal battle. The opposition accused the Center of sowing discord in Manipur, but the ruling coalition defended itself by emphasizing the government’s welfare efforts.
- In opening the debate, Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi stated that the I.N.D.I.A. caucus was compelled to bring the no-confidence resolution against the government in order to break Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maun vrat’ (promise of silence) on the Manipur violence. He further claimed that a government that talks about ‘one India’ has built two Manipurs, one in the hills and one in the valley.
- Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, slammed the Opposition for causing ‘confusion’ by introducing the no-confidence resolution. “The only purpose of the no-confidence motion is to cause confusion.” They are not friendly to farmers, the impoverished, or the elderly. “They are only concerned about their family,” he explained.
- Rajnath Singh, the Union Defence Minister, confirmed PM Modi’s presence in the Lok Sabha today.
- The central government already committed to tackle the Manipur violence on August 11, the last day of the monsoon session.
- Even if there is a vote at the end of the debate, the BJP-led NDA government will suffer nothing from it. It has 331 members in the Lower House, with 303 from the BJP alone, greatly exceeding the majority of 272.
- The I.N.D.I.A. bloc, on the other hand, has 144 MPs, with the possibility of increasing to 152 if BRS supports it. So far, Naveen Patnaik’s BJD, which has 70 MPs, has refrained from backing the proposal.
- Despite knowing they had a small chance of winning the motion, the Opposition defended its move to assist them win the ‘war of perception’ by pressing PM Modi to address on the Manipur problem.
Source – Hindustan Times