New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address the Lok Sabha on Thursday in response to the Opposition’s no-confidence motion against the NDA government.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in a statement on Wednesday, affirmed Prime Minister Modi’s presence in the Parliament, stating, “The PM will be present in the House on Thursday to reply to the no-confidence motion.”
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah also confirmed that the Prime Minister will be present in the House on Thursday to reply to the no-confidence motion.
The opposition moved a no-confidence motion against the Modi administration on July 26, which was subsequently accepted by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.
However, the Modi government won’t lose the vote as his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies have a majority in the Lok Sabha.
In accordance with parliamentary protocol, any Lok Sabha Member of Parliament backed by 50 colleagues can introduce a motion of no-confidence against the Council of Ministers. Subsequently, a thorough debate on the motion ensues, with proponents highlighting perceived governmental deficiencies and the ruling party addressing the concerns raised. Ultimately, a vote is held, and if the motion secures enough support, the government may be compelled to step down from office.
Remarkably, the NDA coalition commands a substantial majority, comprising 331 Members of Parliament. Among these, the BJP accounts for 303, while the combined opposition block, I.N.D.I.A, holds 144 seats. Additionally, there are 70 MPs from unaligned parties in the Lower House.
This marks the second instance where Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces a no-confidence motion. The debate on the motion was instigated by Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi on Tuesday, which subsequently escalated into a spirited exchange between the Opposition and the Centre.