The Congress on Friday, March 23, moved a no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government in Lok Sabha.
The Congress is the third party to do so, after the Andhra Pradesh parties Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSR Congress (YSRC) which had given notice for the motion two weeks ago.
Earlier on Thursday, MPs of YSR Congress and TDP, filed fresh notices for the motion, said a report in The Indian Express (IE). A group of TDP MPs met Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and demanded that she take up their no-confidence motion immediately and start the debate in the House.
The YSR Congress-TDP MPs have been pushing for a no-confidence motion to protest against the Centre for non-implementation of the promised Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh.
However, the motion was not taken up again on Friday following continued disruption of proceedings in the House.
Leader of the Congress party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge wrote to the Lower House’s secretary general giving notice to include the no-confidence motion in the list of business on March 27.
“This House expresses No-Confidence in the Council of Ministers,” the notice stated.
Earlier, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned house proceedings for the day following noisy protests by opposition MPs. The no-confidence motion moved by TDP and YSR Congress once again could not be taken up due to the unruly disruption, mainly led by AIADMK and TRS members.
Mahajan said she could not take up the notices for no-confidence motions as the House was not in order. The requisite head-count of members supporting the notices can be done only if they are in their seats, she added.
At least 50 members need to support a no-confidence notice for the House to accept it and start a debate.
The Speaker said the government had expressed its readiness for a discussion on it.
The BJP-led NDA government enjoys a comfortable majority in the House.