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Thursday, July 19, 2018

2018 Indian Parliament Monsoon Session - No-confidence motion - Shiv Sena skips session, will abstain from vote Friday July 20,2018

What is a no-confidence motion?
 Article 75 of the Indian Constitution specifies that the council of ministers shall be collectively responsible to the House of the People, there is no mention of a no-confidence motion in the Constitution: All it means is that the majority of the Lok Sabhamembers must be with the Prime Minister and his Cabinet.

Article 118 of the Constitution permits each House of Parliament to make its own rules for conduct of business. Rule 198 of the Lok Sabha specifies the procedure for a motion of no-confidence. Any member might give a written notice before 10 am; the Speaker will read the motion of no-confidence in the House and ask all those favouring the motion be taken up to rise. If there are 50 MPs in favour, the Speaker could allot a date for discussing the motion – but this has to be within 10 days. However, this cannot be done in conditions of din or confusion in the House. 

In the 524-member House, the NDA has the support of 315 MPs and the UPA 63.

The focus today will be on the AIADMK, BJD and TRS, which have 37, 19 and 11 MPs respectively.

Several regional parties have not come out in support of either the government or the Opposition and have chosen to take a neutral stand and may perhaps abstain during voting.

Today Friday July 20,2018’s no-confidence motion, the 27th in Parliamentary history, is the first to be admitted in 15 years.

The last was in 2003 when the Congress party moved a no-confidence motion against prime ministerA B Vajpayee

The Shivsena will abstain from participating in the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha on Friday July 20,2018

The party, which held a party meeting this morning in the Parliament complex, did not attend today’s session. The House is debating a no-confidence motion moved against the BJP-led NDA government. The BJD, as well, staged a walkout, thereby abstaining from the debate. A vote on the motion is scheduled at 6 pm.

Sena,in an editoria; in its mouthpiece Saamna this morning, said the motion moved by the Opposition was not intended to bring down the government but put the ” Modi sarkar ” in the dock and whiplash it. The party noted that it was the second largest group in the NDA, and therefore, its stand would assume extraordinary significance today.

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