New Delhi: Hours before the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government will face a no-confidence motion moved by former ally the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged fellow MPs to “rise to the occasion and ensure a constructive, comprehensive and disruption-free debate”.
Terming the day ‘important’ Prime Minister Modi took to his twitter handle and said, “Today is an important day in our Parliamentary democracy. I’m sure my fellow MP colleagues will rise to the occasion and ensure constructive, comprehensive and disruption-free debate. We owe this to the people and the makers of our Constitution. India will be watching us closely”.
Meanwhile, taking a dig at Congress President Rahul Gandhi, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav tweeted, “Congress would have 38 minutes for an earthquake in the House.”
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh also took potshots at Gandhi, referring to his 2016 claim that there would be an earthquake if he gets a chance to speak in Parliament.
Singh took to Twitter saying, “embrace yourself to experience an earthquake”. On the first day of the Monsoon Session of the Parliament, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan accepted the TDP’s no-confidence motion against the Centre over the Andhra Pradesh special status row.
To defeat the no-confidence motion, the BJP would require to gain a mark of 268 votes. The NDA at present counts 312 members in the 535-member Lok Sabha, including 274 of the BJP.