Sumitra Mahajan, the speaker of the Lok Sabha has accepted the no confidence motions raised by the opposition against the Modi Government over the issues of mob lynching and atrocities against Dalits.
The speaker said that the no trust votes will be taken up in the next ten days while as the time and date would be decided later.
The motions were moved by the Congress and other opposition members such as Mallikarjun Kharge, K. C. Venugopal, Tariq Anwar as well as the TDP members. Rajya Sabha also resumed after brief adjournment over protests on special status to Andhra Pradesh.
However, Narendra Modi, while being hopeful of a peaceful session said that the government is ready for any kind of debate in the parliament.
“Any party wants to raise any issue, this government is ready for a discussion,” he told reporters just before the beginning of the session.
For the first time since 2003, a no confidence motion has been accepted against the government.
In 2003, then leader of opposition Sonia Gandhi had moved a no-confidence motion against the BJP government of Atal Behari Vajpayee. The motion, moved ahead of elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi, was defeated by a mile.
The no-trust motion does not endanger the BJP-led government, which has 273 members in the Lok Sabha, far over the half-way mark. And then, there are its allies.
However, the motion is seen as an opportunity to make a point and possibly nudge fence sitters such as the Biju Janata Dal to choose a side.