BJD abstains from debate on no-confidence motion, stages walkout

New Delhi: Before voting on the no-confidence motion against Modi government, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has decided to abstain from the discussion and staged walkout from the Lok Sabha citing that discussion would bear not fruit for Odisha.

As the debate over the motion started in parliament, BJD Parliamentary party chief in Lok Sabha Bhartruhari Mahtab announced party decision for walkout, bringing down the effective strength of the house to 514 which will help the government during the voting this evening.

“BJD during last 14 years has witnessed that UPA government’s role of 10 years and 4 years of NDA has done injustice to the people of Odisha. Since this discussion will not be fruitful for the people of the state, we the members of BJD would like to abstain from the discussion. We are walking out and not participating in the debate,” Mahatab said in the Lok Sabha.

The Opposition Congress has been given 38 minutes for discussion while ruling BJP can take 3 hours and 33 minutes. Congress had demanded more time for the party for discussion

BJD and other parties had earlier issued whip to their respective MPs to remain present in the House.


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