Monsoon Session: Speaker admits no-confidence motion against Modi government
Accepting the no-trust motions moved by multiple Members of Parliament against Modi government, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan stated that the date and time of the trust vote will be declared later
Lok Sabha proceedings began on a stormy note on the first day of the Monsoon Session on Wednesday, with members from the TDP and the SP trooping into the Well as they sought to raise various issues.
A no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government was moved in the Lok Sabha, with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan admitting it and saying she would announce the date for a debate on it in "2-3 days".
The Speaker named all opposition members who had moved similar no-confidence motions and said TDP's Kesineni Srinivas would move his motion as his name had come up in the lottery.
Members from the TDP, a former ally of the ruling NDA government, trooped into the Well with placards and shouted slogans. The members were heard saying, “we want justice” as they demanded special status for Andhra Pradesh
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, moved the motion during Zero Hour which was admitted by the Speaker.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the government was ready to face the no-confidence motion and win it as it enjoyed a two-third majority in the House.
The TDP members had moved a no-confidence motion during the Budget session of Parliament also. But it was rejected by the Speaker on the ground that the House was not in order as there were continuous protests in the Well by different political parties on various issues.
As soon as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan took up the Question Hour, members from Opposition parties, including the Congress wanted to raise various issues, creating a din.
An assertive Mahajan told members that issues can be discussed after the Question Hour. "I won't allow...," she said even as many members continued to raise slogans.
Members from the TDP, a former ally of the ruling NDA government, trooped into the Well with placards and shouted slogans. The members were heard saying, "we want justice" as they demanded special status for Andhra Pradesh.
Some members from the SP were also in the Well as they sought to raise various issues but could not be heard in the din.
Standing at their places, many Congress members were also trying to raise certain issues.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted members before the proceedings began in the Lower House.
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi, among others, were present.
Before the Question Hour commenced, four new members took oath and Mahajan read out obituaries of three former members.
With agency inputs