NEW DELHI, July 18 - An opposition-sponsored no- confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government, moved for the first time since the BJP-led dispensation came to power four years ago, would be taken up for debate in the Lok Sabha on Friday.
On the first day of the Monsoon Session today, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan admitted the notices for the motion moved by several opposition parties and asked TDP�s Kesineni Srinivas to move his motion.
Later, she announced that �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.�
She also said 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.
Earlier, the Speaker had announced that she would announce the date for the debate in 2-3 days.
During the Zero Hour, she named all members from TDP, Congress and NCP, among others, who had moved similar no- confidence motion notices.
�More than 50 members are supporting the motion, so the leave is granted (to bring in no-confidence motion),� Mahajan said while accepting the notice.
The Opposition parties have brought the motion against the government on several issues like special status to Andhra Pradesh, cow vigilantism, lynchings, atrocities against women and dalits and alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the government is prepared to face the no-confidence motion brought in by several parties. �The entire country has confidence on Prime Minister Narendra Modi,� he said.
In a House of 535 members, the ruling National Democratic Alliance has 313 members in the Lok Sabha, including 274 (including the Speaker) of BJP, 18 of Shiv Sena, six LJP and four SAD.
The stated strength of the Opposition is 222, including 63 of the Congress-led UPA, 37 of AIADMK, 34 of TMC, 20 BJD, 16 TDP and 11 TRS.
The opposition moves for a no-confidence motion were not allowed in the last Budget Session that was washed out due to continued uproar by TDP, TRS and some other parties demanding that government agree to the motion. � PTI