Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi on Tuesday initiated the no-confidence motion debate in Lok Sabha in place of Rahul Gandhi. He said the opposition bloc INDIA was forced to bring the no-confidence motion against the government to break Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Maun vrat’ on Manipur.
As the lower house took up the motion moved by Gogoi, there were heated exchanges between the opposition and treasury benches after Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi wondered why Rahul Gandhi’s name as lead speaker was withdrawn last minute.
Gogoi’s response that should the remarks made by the prime minister in Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla’s chamber be revealed in the House evoked a sharp retort from Union home minister Amit Shah who said the member cannot make unsubstantiated claims about the PM.
Gogoi said he would like to ask the prime minister why had he not gone to Manipur, when Rahul Gandhi had gone as had Home Minister Shah and the minister of state for home (Nityanand Rai).
”Why did he (PM Modi) take about 80 days to speak on Manipur and just spoke for 30 seconds. After that there has been no peace appeal on Manipur from him. Ministers are saying they will speak, but as PM the power of his words cannot be matched by ministers,” Gogoi said.
The debate concerning the no-confidence motion against the BJP-led government is set to unfold on August 8 and 9 in the lower house of the parliament, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s response scheduled for August 10.