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‘NDA to prove majority, Opposition to see strength of NDA plus’

PTI New Delhi | Updated on July 20, 2018 Published on July 20, 2018

Ananth Kumar, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs (file photo)   -  B Jothi Ramalingam

Union Minister Ananth Kumar today exuded confidence that the NDA would prove its majority in Parliament and said the Opposition would see the strength of “NDA plus” during the no-trust motion.

Ananth Kumar entered Parliament with BJP president Amit Shah and both leaders flashed the victory sign. The Narendra Modi Government is expected to have a smooth sailing when it faces the first no-confidence motion in four years in the Lok Sabha.

Though the numbers are heavily stacked against the Opposition, the Congress and other parties have indicated that they are keen to utilise the debate to attack the government on a range of of issues, including farm distress, slow economic growth and rising incidents of lynching.

Ahead of Assembly polls in four states due later this year and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP leaders see this debate as an opportunity to reach out to the masses with “successes” of the Ggovernment and also to attack the “opportunist alliance” of Opposition parties.

BJP is also seeking to expand the guaranteed support of 313 members after estranged ally Shiv Sena said it will back the government.

In a House of 535 MPs, the National Democratic Alliance has 313 members - 274 (including the Speaker) of BJP, 18 of Shiv Sena, six of Ram Vilas Paswan-led LJP and four from Shiromani Akali Dal. The majority mark in the House is 268. There are 11 vacancies.

Published on July 20, 2018
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