No-confidence motion: TDP Architect calls the motion ‘Dharm Yudh’

New Delhi: The debate over the no-confidence motion started in parliament, with Naveen Patnaik’s BJD walk out, bringing down the strength of the house to 514. This will help the government during voting later in the evening.

What is seen as a major embarrassment, BJP ally Shiv Sena stayed away. On Thursday, BJP chief Amit Shah had been on phone to bring on board allies and non-aligned parties — the idea being to secure a two-thirds majority. Parties backing the motion say the debate and not the voting is key, as it would give them a chance to make their case against the government from a most-watched platform.

“We are with the government,” says Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on being asked JD(U)’s stand on no-confidence motion.

The debate that will last for close to 7 hours was kicked off by Jayadev Galla of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) that moved the no-trust motion.

Moments after the session began, Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal walked out of the hall, bringing down the effective house strength to 514.

“Dharm Yudh,” Says TDP, Architect Of No-Trust Motion

The government, its allies and the opposition parties will put forward their view of the performance of the Narendra Modi government. While the opposition will target the government over what it terms as “failures”, the government will not only defend its case, but also inform the country of its “achievements” in the last four years.

The BJP’s oldest ally, the Shiv Sena, has decided to stay away from the no-trust vote and its lawmakers are not attending the debate. The Congress, which does not have the numbers to upstage the BJP, has said that the no-trust motion in the parliament monsoon session is “much more than a show of numbers.

On Friday morning, PM Modi tweeted calling for a “constructive, disruption-free” debate.