'Not worried about numbers': Sonia Gandhi on No-Trust move
New Delhi, July 18: United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said that the party is confident and not worried about numbers ahead of trust vote.
"Who says we don't have the numbers," Sonia Gandhi said when she was quizzed about the Opposition-backed no-confidence motion and its possibility of sailing through the Lok Sabha where the ruling BJP has a brute majority.
The remarks from the UPA chief came shortly after the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan accepted a no-confidence motion moved by the Opposition against the Modi government.
Mahajan said that the the Lower House will hold discussions on no-confidence motion during the entire course of day on Friday. Voting will be take place on same day. There will be no Question Hour on that day.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, however, said that the government was ready to face the no trust motion and asked Mahajan that it may be tabled.
"Everything will be clear after the discussion. I want to make it clear in the House that the people of the country have full confidence on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government," Ananth Kumar said.
TMC leader requested Sumitra Mahajan to postpone the discussion on no-confidence motion on Monday as most of the party leaders will be away in West Bengal. "At least 35 leaders will be missing from the discussion," the party leader said.
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge also requested Mahajan to postpone the discussion to Wednesday. Adding that since Friday is the last day of the week, some MPs would be unavailable for the voting event due to other commitments, Kharge requested Speaker to shift the date.
A minimum of 50 members have to accept the motion and accordingly. The no-trust motion does not endanger the BJP-led government. The BJP has 273 members in the Lok Sabha, far over the half-way mark, besides the allies.