New Delhi, July 19: The no-confidence motion to be held in the Lok Sabha on Friday comes at a very interesting juncture. It also would remind many of what happened in 2003 when the Congress introduced a no-confidence motion against the then Attal Bihari Vajpayee government.
Uttar Pradesh became the first state to draft a report advocating the need for a ‘One Nation One Poll.’ The Yogi Adityanath government showed its willingness to hold simultaneous assembly and Lok Sabha elections from 2019 onwards.
The BJP’s numbers in the Lok Sabha has slipped very close to the half way mark in the Lok Sabha following the resignations of B S Yeddyurappa, B Sriramulu and also the by-poll results that were declared on Thursday.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi has a better attendance percentage in Lok Sabha when compared to her son, Rahul Gandhi. Sonia clocked 59 per cent as opposed the 54 per cent that Rahul Gandhi had.
Parliament had 29 sittings with the Lok Sabha in session for 176 and 39 minutes. The Rajya Sabha sessions lasted 138 hours. The Lok Sabha’s productivity was 114 per cent while in the Rajya Sabha it was at 92 per cent. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said this session will go down as a golden chapter in Parliamentary history of the country.
The Lok Sabha is expected to witness stormy scenes following the statements made by BJP leader Tarun VIjay. The Congress has moved an adjournment motion notice in the Lok Sabha over Vijay’s controversial remark on South Indians.
The MP, Gopal Chinayya Shetty while thanking the speaker for giving him an opportunity to speak also said that he is thankful that she was wearing a kesariya (saffron) blouse on the occasion of Gudi Padava.
The average number of years a case against an MP or MLA is pending is 7 years statistics would show. This is interesting in the wake of the Supreme Court directing that the criminal cases against MPs and MLAs should be completed within a year from the date of framing of charges by the trial court. Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) analysed the affidavits of the Lok Sabha MPs elected in 2009.
Out of the 162 MPs that have criminal cases against themselves, 76 have serious criminal cases like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping and robbery against themselves.