Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will face his first no-confidence motion tomorrow sponsored by the opposition parties since assuming power more than four years ago.
However, the no-trust motion does not threaten the stability of the Modi government which enjoys favourable arithmetic in the Lok Sabha, the lower House of parliament, with the support of 273 lawmakers, much more than the majority mark.
The Lok Sabha would take up the debate on the no-confidence motion against the Modi government brought by the Telugu Desam Party, a regional outfit which quit BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in March this year, and other opposition parties, with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan admitting the notice.
“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.
She also said that there will be no Question Hour on that day and the Lok Sabha would have no other business, barring the discussion on the no-confidence motion.
Mahajan said “more than 50 lawmakers are supporting the no-confidence motion, so the leave is granted (to bring in no-confidence motion).”
Under India’s Constitution, a no-confidence motion can be moved by any lawmaker and it can be moved only in the Lok Sabha and not Rajya Sabha, the upper House because it is the Lok Sabha which is directly elected by the people.
Rule 198 of the Rules of Procedure and conduct of Lok Sabha specifies the procedure for moving a no-confidence motion. The member has to give a written notice of the motion before 10 am which will be read out by the Speaker in the House. A minimum of 50 members have to accept the motion and accordingly.