BJP confident of defeating Oppn’s no-trust motion

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to address the media ahead of  the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to address the media ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.
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As the BJP faces its first no-confidence motion on Friday, the ruling party leadership has expressed confidence that it would be able to defeat the Opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion given its majority in the Lok Sabha. BJP’s own strength of 273 MPs is well above the majority mark in the lower house.

At the same time, the party hoped that it would also manage support from some opposition parties.

“The numbers are very clear. The BJP by itself has a majority in the lower house. We have nearly 314 members within the NDA and there are many other parties which are likely to oppose this no-confidence motion – because this is completely pointless,” BJP national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao told reporters outside Parliament.

“We have the numbers and we have the moral fibre to fight this negative opposition, which is only trying to put the country on the path of negativity,” he added.

The no-confidence motion would be taken up on Friday for debate and voting. The motion will be the first since the BJP-led NDA government came to power four years ago.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had on Wednesday accept the motion moved by former BJP ally TDP and other opposition parties, including the Congress. The parties had moved notices for no-confidence in the Budget session as well but they were not admitted.

Speaking to reporters, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy took potshots at TDP, questioning their intent when their ministers were part of the government for the past four years.

“TDP is moving the resolution and saying four years of BJP rule is useless. In fact, there were (TDP) ministers in these four years. In a democracy, the opposition must be vigorous, must expose with facts and figures,” he said.

Sources in the BJP said the government would get the support of at least 314 MPs in the lower house, which has an effective strength of 533 members.

Meanwhile, the TMC and AAP said it will support the no-confidence motion and that a whip has been issued to its members asking them to be present in the house tomorrow.

(With inputs from PTI)