[Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the media ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on July 18, 2018.]
New Delhi: Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday admitted a no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government brought in the Lok Sabha by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and announced to take it up on Friday for debate followed by voting.
"The House will take up the debate (on the motion) on Friday, July 20th. The discussion will be held for the full day, followed by voting on it," Mahajan announced in the House when it reassembled after the lunch break on the first day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament.
The member of the TDP, which had quit the ruling NDA coalition in March protesting against the government not giving a special package to Andhra Pradesh, had moved the motion during Zero Hour which was admitted by the Speaker.
"More than 50 members are supporting the motion, so the leave is granted (to bring in no-confidence motion)," Mahajan said earlier in the day, accepting the notice.
Mahajan also said that there will be no Question Hour on that day and the House would have no other business, barring the discussion on the no-confidence motion.
During the Zero Hour, she had named all members from TDP, Congress and NCP, among others, who had moved similar no- confidence motion notices and said TDP's Kesineni Srinivas would move his motion as his party was the first to raise it.
Mahajan said TDP MP Kesineni Srinivas would move the motion as his party was the first to raise the notice. However, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge objected to it, demanding that the largest party be allowed to move the motion. The Speaker retorted by saying that she was abiding by the rules, which say that the party which raises the motion first, gets to move it.
“It’s not a question of big party, small party. The person who first brought the motion has to be called first,” Mahajan said.
The Speaker had not accepted notices for a similar no-confidence motion during the Budget Session, which was washed out due to continuous protests by the TDP, TRS and AIDMK over issues like the special category status for Andhra Pradesh and Cauvery management board respectively.
Mahajan had not accepted notices for a similar motion during the Budget Session, which was washed out due to continued uproar by TDP, TRS and some Opposition parties demanding that government agree to the motion. The Speaker rejected the motion on the ground that the House was not in order as there were continuous protests in the Well by opposition members on various issues.
The Opposition parties brought in no-confidence motion against the government on issues like Grant of special status to Andhra Pradesh, lynchings, atrocities against women and dalits and dilution of a law meant for Scheduled Caste.
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