Rahul Gandhi, a leader from the Congress party, was allowed to return to parliament on 8th August, representing his constituency in Wayanad to the Lok Sabha which coincides with the ongoing disruptions caused by the INDIA opposition’s urge on a focused discussion about the Manipur violence, as initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement about this matter.
The debates are scheduled for August 8 and 9, while the response of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be finalized on August 10. This session is estimated to extend for 12 hours, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) allocated about 6 hours and 41 minutes, while the Congress party is granted roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes, as cited by sources familiar with the situation. Gaurav Gogoi, the Congress leader initiated the debate. Earlier, it was assumed that MP Rahul Gandhi, who returned to the Parliament on Monday after a four-month absence, would start the discussion in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
The Lok Sabha is set to engage in discussions regarding the no-confidence motion on Tuesday. In 2018, PM Modi encountered a no-confidence motion initiated by Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party. The motion was unsuccessful, with the government securing 325 votes against it, while only 126 votes were in favor of the motion.This marks as the second instance of no-confidence motion presented against PM Modi.
On March 24, Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from his position as a Lok Sabha member, retrospectively from March 23, followed by Gujarat court’s conviction that resulted in a two-year prison sentence in a defamation case. After his membership was reinstated on Tuesday, the Congress party expressed its desire to play a prominent role as a speaker during the upcoming debate on a potential no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha.
On Friday, the Supreme Court issued a stay order on Rahul Gandhi’s conviction, recognizing that his comments would impact his constituents if he were disqualified from parliament. The trial judge had imposed the maximum two-year sentence in the case, noted the highest court, highlighting that a disqualification as an MP wouldn’t have occurred if the sentence was one day shorter. “The consequences of disqualification don’t only impact the individual’s rights but also the voters,” the judges remarked.
Manickam Tagore, the Congress MP mentioned to NDTV that the party intends Rahul Gandhi to engage in the deliberations regarding the no-confidence motion, as he visits Manipur. It is expected to present all the relevant information concerning Manipur within the confines of the Lok Sabha”, he said.