New Delhi, July 20: The Narendra Modi government is set to win the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha today. The BJP led NDA appears to be confident of winning the motion comfortably as it has the required numbers.
With 312 MPs on its side, the NDA is well above the halfway mark of 268. Even if all the allies ditch the BJP, the party has 273 members which is five above the magic mark.
While the NDA victory was a foregone conclusion, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi stepped up the suspense when she said, ' who said we do not have the numbers.'
BJP leader, Ananth Kumar however countered Sonia Gandhi by saying that her math is weak. Their calculation is wrong and the Modi government has the numbers both inside and outside Parliament, he also said.
The opposition is well aware that it does not have the numbers on its side. It is looking to use this opportunity to corner the government by attacking some of its policies. Issues such as the special status to Andhra Pradesh, GST, farmer issues and demonetisation would be taken up by the opposition during the day long debate in Parliament. The BJP on the other hand would also look to showcase its government by countering the opposition's narrative.
More importantly for the BJP, it would like to go through this exercise, so that Parliament is not disrupted in the days to come. The opposition would have disrupted Parliament, if the BJP had opposed introducing the no-confidence motion. We have the numbers, a BJP leader told OneIndia. We will use this as an opportunity counter the narrative against us, he also said.