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Manmohan will move a one-line confidence motion on July 21

Special Correspondent

To be moved under Rule 184, it will not make a specific reference to any issue

NEW DELHI: In accordance with parliamentary procedure and practice, the Prime Minister will move on July 21a one-line motion seeking the confidence of the House in the Council of Ministers. With possible minor variations, the motion will read: “This House expresses its confidence in the Council of Ministers.”

The Lok Sabha secretariat made it clear on Tuesday that the motion to be moved under Rule 184 would not make a specific reference to any issue. It would be up to the members of different parties to raise any issue during the debate preceding the vote on July 22.

Official sources said the withdrawal of support by the Left parties was on the nuclear issue and the support extended to the United Progressive Alliance by the Samajwadi Party was also on the same issue.

Even if the specific issue is not mentioned in the one-line motion, the context will make it clear where the House stands, an official pointed out.

The presiding officer of the day will be entitled to cast his vote only in the event of a tie. In the event of Speaker Somnath Chatterjee resigning, it is the Deputy Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal who will chair the two-day proceedings.

At the start of this 14th session of the 14th Lok Sabha, seven recently elected members will take oath — Indira K. Reddy (Congress) from Adilabad, K. Chandrasekhara Rao (Telangana Rashtra Samithi) from Karimnagar, B. Vinod Kumar (TRS) representing Hannam Konda and E.D. Rao (Telugu Desam Party) who won from Warangal (all these four from Andhra Pradesh); Agatha Sangma representing Tura in Meghalaya from the Nationalist Congress Party; Anurag Singh Thakur of the Bharatiya Janata Party from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh; and Anand Paranjape who won the Thane seat in Maharashtra on Shiv Sena ticket.

Total votes

There are currently 543 MPs in the Lok Sabha, including the seven who will take oath on July 21, and the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker.

With one person in the chair, the effective strength comes down to 542. Of these, one MP cannot vote as a result of a court order. His appeal against disqualification is pending. If all MPs are present and voting on July 22, 541 votes will be cast.

The rules of procedure prohibit the moving of a motion of no-confidence in the same session in which a trust vote has been sought. If the House is not prorogued at the end of the session, scheduled to end on July 22, the monsoon session will be considered an extension of the same session — with a recess in between — for the purpose of this rule.

However, if the House is prorogued, any MP will be free to move a motion of no-confidence in the monsoon session expected to start in early August.

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