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Rahul Gandhi will start the debate on the no-confidence motion against the Modi government in the Lok Sabha today

Rahul Gandhi will start the debate on the no-confidence motion against the Modi government in the Lok Sabha today

No-confidence motion update: Apart from Rahul Gandhi, Gaurav Gogoi, and Manish Tewari will quit the Congress in the Lok Sabha, sources said.

Congress’s Rahul Gandhi, who was reappointed as a Lok Sabha MP on Monday, three days after the Supreme Court stayed his criminal defamation conviction in the Modi surname case, will open a no-confidence debate in the House of Commons against the Narendra Modi government. Parliament on Tuesday, sources said.

Other Congress speakers will be Rahul Gandhi’s party colleagues Gaurav Gogoi and Manish Tewari, sources added. Gandhi made his last speech in the Lok Sabha on 7 February 2023, when he participated in a debate on the President’s Address.

“Looking forward to what Rahul Gandhi has to say. He visited Manipur and met cross-sections of Indian society in between. He knows the state of the economy and the ground situation in Manipur. So, he has a very valuable perspective which we all look forward to,” said Gogoi.

MP Nishikant Dubey will be the first speaker from the Bharatiya Janata Party side in the debate on the no-confidence motion, sources.

The Wayanad MP, a fierce critic of Modi and his main challenger in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, was expelled from Parliament after being convicted by the Gujarat Magistrate’s Court in March. The Supreme Court upheld his conviction on Friday, meaning it is temporarily suspended while the court hears Gandhi’s appeal in detail before issuing a final ruling. Gandhi was sentenced to two years in prison, but the court suspended his prison sentence in April. The conviction was upheld by the Gujarat High Court, so he appealed to the Supreme Court last month.

The debate on the no-confidence motion will begin in the Lok Sabha from Tuesday. According to sources, a time of 12 hours was fixed for the discussion.

At the same time, a time limit of 1 hour 10 minutes has been set for other small parties and independent MPs.

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On August 10, Modi will respond to the debate on the no-confidence motion against the BJP-led NDA government, moved by Gogoi, on the opposition’s demand for a detailed discussion on the violence in Manipur and the Prime Minister’s statement.

“(Rahul Gandhi) will definitely speak,” Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said on Monday when asked if Gandhi would speak during the no-confidence motion.

The no-confidence motion moved by the opposition parties of the I.N.D.I.A bloc was accepted by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla last week.

Ahead of the no-confidence motion debate in the Lok Sabha, the Bharatiya Janata Party has called a meeting of its parliamentary party on Tuesday.

With 1.4 billion people, India is the world’s most populous country, but Modi’s critics say democracy has been in decline since he came to power in 2014. They accuse his government of pushing a Hindu nationalist agenda. The government denies this and says its policies benefit all Indians.

The Nehru-Gandhi family produced two more prime ministers. Rahul Gandhi’s grandmother, Indira Gandhi, was assassinated in office, as was his father, Rajiv Gandhi after he left office.

What happens next in the Rahul Gandhi case?

On 5 August, the Supreme Court set aside Rahul’s conviction and the sentence passed by Chief Judicial Magistrate JH Verma in Surat on 23 March 2023.

Earlier, Rahul had moved the sessions court seeking a stay of sentencing. According to 389 of the Criminal Code, the Court of Appeal can suspend the execution of a sentence for a convict who is sentenced to imprisonment for a maximum of three years. The sessions court dismissed the plea, prompting Rahul to move the HC, which also dismissed the plea.

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