New Delhi, July 20: Ahead of the no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government in the Lok Sabha, the Congress has trained its gun against the ruling regime on Friday.
Although the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has enough seats in the Lok Sabha to easily win the trust vote, the Opposition, especially the Congress, is using the occasion to highlight the failures of the government.
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia in a tweet in Hindi stated that the BJP government has lost people's trust and it has to give answers to the voters in Parliament.
Scindia, a member of Parliament, stated that "today is an important day for Indian democracy. For the last four years, the government has been cheating the public. The result is that the whole nation has lost faith in the BJP government. The government has to give answer for its anti-people policies in Parliament."
आज भारतीय जनतंत्र में एक महत्वपूर्ण दिन है| सरकार पिछले चार सालों से जनता के साथ विश्वासघात करती आई है, उसी का अंजाम है कि आज पूरा देश भाजपा सरकार में पूरी तरह विश्वास खो चुका है| सरकार को सदन में अपनी जन-विरोधी नीतियों का जवाब जनता को देना ही होगा| #NoConfidenceMotion— Jyotiraditya Scindia (@JM_Scindia) July 20, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter and wrote, "Today is an important day in our Parliamentary democracy. I am sure my fellow MP colleagues will rise to the occasion and ensure a constructive, comprehensive & disruption free debate. We owe this to the people & the makers of our Constitution. India will be watching us closely."
Today is an important day in our Parliamentary democracy. I am sure my fellow MP colleagues will rise to the occasion and ensure a constructive, comprehensive & disruption free debate. We owe this to the people & the makers of our Constitution. India will be watching us closely.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2018
The opposition parties have already stated that winning the no-confidence motion is not their goal. They want to highlight the failures of the Modi government from the revered portals of Parliament to the nation.
The BJP has numbers with it, actually more than it requires to win the trust vote. In the current 533-member Lok Sabha, the BJP on its own has 273 seats. As 10 seats are lying vacant now, therefore the majority mark in the house now stands at 266.
Even if all its allies in the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government backstab the BJP, Modi has nothing to worry about. Modi faces no imminent danger; his throne is safe.
He will be the PM of the country, at least till the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The Congress, on its part, has just 48 seats in the Lok Sabha. Several opposition parties--including the Telugu Desam Party which has moved the no-confidence motion-- that have joined hands to ouster the Modi government don't have more than 150 parliamentarians together with them. The NDA's strength in the House is 314.