The Lok Sabha debated on Friday a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government moved by the opposition.
The government has said it is confident of its numbers and that it was looking forward to a debate in which it can showcase its achievements during the first no-trust vote on the floor of Parliament in 15 years.
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP), an estranged ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, moved the no-confidence motion on Wednesday, which was admitted by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
The no-confidence motion has the support of the Congress, Trinamool Congress (TMC), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Samajwadi Party (SP), and the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPI(M), a bitter rival of the TMC, among others.
The ruling party, however, has a comfortable numerical edge with 273 members in the House with an effective strength of 533, excluding the Speaker.
Here are the Live updates on the no-confidence motion:
Shiv Sena decides
Shiv Sena MPs will not attend Parliament today, thus abstaining from voting during the no-confidence motion, says news agency ANI.
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Meanwhile, Shiv Sena meeting continues outside Lok Sabha
Shiv Sena parliamentary party meeting continues in Parliament building. The MPs haven’t reached Lok Sabha yet for discussion on no-confidence motion.
TDP lashes out at BJP
It is not a war between TDP and BJP. It is a war between majority and morality… it is against “Machiavillian” politics and “authoritarianism”: Jayadev Galla says, adding that the Modi government has “betrayed” Andhra Pradesh.
Andhra’s issues are national issues too, the lawmaker says. In response, BJP leaders protest as the Speaker asks them to return to their seats.
TDP moves no-confidence motion
TDP lawmaker Jayadev Galla initiates debate on no-confidence motion, says it is the “most important” discussion in modern Indian history. Modi government’s performance and non-implementation is a “saga of empty promises”.
BJD walks out ahead of no-confidence motion
Biju Janata Dal MPs have walked out of Lok Sabha, following the promise of abstaining from voting during the no-confidence motion.
No-trust vote at 6pm
Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan says the no-trust vote will take place at 6pm today. The lunch hour will be skipped for discussion. Opposition MPs ask her for more time to speak after reports say 38 minutes have been allotted for the Congress party leaders to address Parliament.
Lok Sabha proceedings begin
Lok Sabha convenes to discuss and take the no-confidence motion on the third day of monsoon session.
PM Modi meets Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh
PM Narendra Modi is holding a meeting with senior BJP leaders Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh in Parliament.
Shiv Sena still taking its call?
News agency ANI reports that Shiv Sena MPs Amit Desai, Arvind Sawant and Anant Geete are present at a parliamentary party meeting before the Lok Sabha proceeding begins at 11am.
Notably, Shiv Sena lashed out at BJP in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, accusing it of using allies only when the need arises. The editorial also said the “no-confidence motion is not to dissolve the government, but to make it stand like an accused in a cage and peal its skin”.
Insufficient time to highlight issues, says Congress
Is this time sufficient for us to highlight issues of 130 crore Indians and faults of this govt? Each party should get 30 minutes, but 38 minutes have been allotted to the largest opposition party. The no-confidence motion can’t be treated like question hour: Mallikarjun Kharge,Congress
Rahul Gandhi to speak at 11:30am
TV reports say Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address Lok Sabha at 11:30am. Experts say the no-confidence motion against the Modi government can be a show for Opposition unity ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Amit Shah, BJP leaders show victory signs
BJP president Amit Shah arrives in Parliament with BJP leaders Vijay Goel and Ananth Kumar.
Leaders who will speak today
Home minister Rajnath Singh, and MPs Rakesh Singh, Virendra Singh Mast and Arjun Ram Meghwal will speak from the government’s behalf on no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha today.
Party president Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge will speak for Congress, while Trinamool Congress will be represented by Saugata Roy and Sudip Bandopadhyaya. CPM leader Mohammed Salim will also address Parliament today.
Two TMC lawmakers will not vote in no-confidence motion
Two MPs of the Trinamool Congress will not be present during the no-confidence motion. Party chief Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee, who represents Diamond Harbour constituency, and Subrata Bakshi, from Kolkata Dakshin (West Bengal), are busy with organising a rally on July 21.
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Kapil Sibal says people waiting for ‘change’ in 2019
Ahead of no-confidence motion in Parliament, Congress leader Kapil Sibal says people have “no confidence” in the Modi government and they are waiting for a “change in 2019”.
“No Confidence: In the government… In the Rupee at an all time low of 69.05… In investigating agencies… People are waiting to vote for change in 2019.”
TRS MPs to abstain from voting?
TV reports say eleven TRS lawmakers will abstain from voting during the no-confidence motion. They are likely to stage a walkout on Friday.
Three PMs who have lost no-confidence motion
Friday’s no-trust vote is the first no-confidence motion to be moved in the Lok Sabha over the last 15 years. Before this, VP Singh, Deve Gowda and Atal Bihari Vajpayee are the only three prime ministers who lost the no-confidence motion.
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What parties have said so far
BJP confident of defeating no-trust vote with ⅔ support. “We will not disclose the numbers, but you will see NDA-plus in the Lok Sabha,” parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar said.
The Congress has said today’s no-confidence motion is more than a show of numbers, and the party wants to “expose” the Modi government’s “failure”.
BJP ally Shiv Sena keeps its cards close, but it has asked its MPs to remain in Delhi. On Thursday, the party withdrew its whip to MPs asking them to vote in favour of Modi government.
CPI(M) ready to join hands with opposition parties. “The party’s primary task is to oust the BJP-led NDA government, which is in the interest of the country and its people,” said general secretary Sitaram Yechury.
PM Modi tweets ahead of no-confidence motion
Today is an important day in our Parliamentary democracy. I am sure my fellow MP colleagues will rise to the occasion and ensure a constructive, comprehensive & disruption free debate. We owe this to the people & the makers of our Constitution. India will be watching us closely.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2018