NEW DELHI: The after-effects of the Friday no-confidence motion against the NDA government at the Centre continued to agitate the members of the Lok Sabha, with the Opposition and the ruling BJP apparently seeking an extended debate through privilege motions. The Opposition on Wednesday served five each privilege motions against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Defence Nirmala Sitharaman. The BJP has served four privilege motions against the Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
With the Congress MPs pressing to know the status of privilege motions submitted by them, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan informed the House that she had received notices for privilege motions against Prime Minister and Defence Minister. "The motions are under my considerations," added Mahajan.
Incidentally, all the motions concern statements of Prime Minister and Defence Minister are on the Rafale deal. The Congress MPs have alleged that the Prime Minister and Defence Minister misled the House during their intervention in the debate on the July 20 no confidence motion brought by the Opposition against the Modi government.
Incidentally, leader of the Congress in the lower house Mallikarjuna Kharge and his colleague Jyotiraditya Scindia raised the issue of privilege motions during Zero Hour in the House. "The Prime Minister along with Defence Minister deliberately misled the House. Hence, the notices of breach of privilege be admitted. The Chair should refer them to the privilege committee for further proceedings," the Congress MPs demanded during the din in the House. Their demands were met with loud protests from the treasury benches.
Meanwhile, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar pressed for the BJP MPs to be heard on their privilege motions against the Congress president. The chief whip and BJP MP Anurag Thakur, claimed that Gandhi had misled the House during the no-confidence motion debate on July 20. "There are four notices (of breach of privilege) submitted against one person (Rahul Gandhi)," Mahajan quipped. Incidentally, the BJP and Congress continue to exchange barbs on the issue of Rafale deal outside the Parliament.