As the first day of the Monsoon Session began in Parliament, several Opposition parties are likely to bring a motion of no-confidence in the Lok Sabha against the Modi-led BJP government.
Telgu Desam Party, led by N Chandrababu Naidu, NDA’s former ally, had already given notice for a no-trust motion on Tuesday for failing to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh. The notice is likely to be taken up on Wednesday.
Parliament is likely to witness a stormy session as Opposition will seek to corner the government on issues like mob lynching and cow vigilantism.
Calling for extensive discussion in Parliament’s Monsoon session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that his government was ready for debate on any issue raised by political parties.
PM Modi told reporters that discussion on several issues is necessary in the national interest and urged political parties to make maximum use of the time available in the session, which will continue till August 10. He said he had always hoped for a productive session and striven for this and his government would continue to do so.
“Any party wants to raise any issue, this government is ready for a discussion,” he told reporters just before the beginning of the session.
The more extensive the discussion in Parliament, the better it is for the country, he said, adding that it will always help his government in decision making.
Referring to the ongoing Monsoon season, he said some parts of the country have received less rain and some others are facing different problems. He called for discussion on these issues.
The prime minister expressed the hope that Parliament’s functioning will be an inspiration for state assemblies in the country.
Rajya Sabha disrupted
The monsoon session of Parliament began on a stormy note on Wednesday with the Rajya Sabha witnessing its first noisy disruption by opposition members, causing ruckus and an adjournment.
After reading obituary references and making an announcement to allow members make speeches in their regional languages, Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu called for Zero Hour.
But TDP MPs protested, demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh. Naidu adjourned the House till 12 p.m.
(With agency inputs)