The Opposition has used a parliamentary tool of no-confidence motion to express its lack of confidence in the government but this time they are using it to compel Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make a statement in the House on the Manipur issue that has stalled the Parliament for five consecutive days.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla accepted the Opposition’s no-confidence motion brought to the House by Congress Party MP Gaurav Gogoi against the Government earlier today, saying that he will speak to leaders of all parties and announce when the discussion on the motion will be taken up. Floor leaders of opposition parties will meet the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, on Thursday in Parliament to discuss important issues.
Meanwhile, all MPs of the INDIA alliance will wear ‘black’ coloured clothes in Parliament as a mark of protest against the Manipur issue.
Moreover, the INDIA bloc rallied behind a no-confidence motion against the PM Modi government moved by the Congress in Lok Sabha.
The Congress, as part of the newly formed INDIA opposition alliance, along with Telangana’s Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), has filed two separate no-confidence motions against the government.
After Gogoi moved the motion, the Speaker asked about the number of members supporting the motion. He admitted the motion and said the time of the debate will be decided later.
“INDIA alliance is aware of its numbers in the Lok Sabha but this is not just about numbers. This is about Manipur’s fight for justice. A message should go out to the brothers and sisters of Manipur that PM Modi might have forgotten Manipur but INDIA stands with them in this hour of grief and we are fighting for their rights, inside the Parliament.”
BSP, which is also not part of the INDIA alliance could abstain from voting.
BSP member Malook Nagar posed a query to the government during Question Hour in Lok Sabha on Wednesday when several other opposition parties were protesting over their demand for a detailed discussion on Manipur violence and a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Earlier, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla accepted the no-confidence motion against the government moved by Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi on behalf of opposition parties of the INDIA alliance.
The House resumed its normal functioning after the Speaker accepted the demand for no-confidence motion. Opposition members expressed their opinion on the bills being introduced by the government.
Addressing a press conference at the AICC headquarters, senior party leader and MP Manish Tewari clarified that the “No Confidence Motion” was not of the Congress alone, but of the entire INDIA
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