What is a No Confidence Motion in Lok Sabha?
A no-confidence motion is a parliamentary mechanism used in a democratic system to test the majority support of the government in power.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla accepted a no-confidence motion brought by the Opposition against the Government.
The motion was introduced by Congress Party MP Gaurav Gogoi in response to ongoing protests demanding a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the situation in Manipur.
A no-confidence motion can be introduced by any Lok Sabha MP who can gather the support of 50 colleagues.
During the discussion on the motion, MPs supporting it highlight the government's shortcomings, and the Treasury Benches respond to the raised issues.
The government needs to vacate office if the motion of no-confidence carries and it is defeated in the vote.
A no-confidence motion can only be moved in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian Parliament.
The current NDA government has 331 members in the Lok Sabha, with the BJP alone having 303 MPs, making it highly unlikely for the motion to succeed as they have enough numbers to survive.
The no-confidence motion is often used as a strategic tool by the Opposition to force the government to address specific concerns or issues.
Since the first no-confidence motion in 1963, there have been a total of 26 more motions of no-confidence moved in the Indian Parliament, not counting the latest one.