An alliance of opposition parties proposed a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration, which the Indian parliament has approved. The move is aimed at compelling the Hindu nationalist leader to address concerns surrounding ethnic clashes in Manipur, a northeastern state.
Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) holds a substantial majority of 301 members in the 542-seat lower house of parliament, rendering the no-confidence vote ineffective in challenging the government’s stability.
However, the opposition aims to utilize the vote to trigger a comprehensive debate on the violence that has erupted in remote, BJP-ruled Manipur. Since early May, the region has witnessed over 130 fatalities and displaced around 60,000 individuals.
In response to the opposition’s motion, lower house speaker Om Birla stated that he would soon determine the date for the debate and vote.
The ethnic tensions in Manipur, a state with a population of 3.2 million, are viewed as a security and political failure by Modi’s government. The situation has gained significant national attention, particularly after disturbing videos emerged last week showing two women being paraded naked and assaulted by a mob in the region, leading to widespread outrage.
The no-confidence vote and the ensuing debate seek to hold the government accountable for its handling of the situation in Manipur. With national elections scheduled for May 2024, the issue is expected to play a significant role in shaping public perception of Modi’s government in the lead-up to the polls.
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