Lok Sabha Speaker accepts former BJD MP Baijayant Panda's resignation; strength of House down to 533 ahead of trust vote

New Delhi: The effective strength of Lok Sabha has reduced to 533 with two more seats falling vacant, sources in Parliament said on Thursday, after Speaker Sumitra Mahajan accepted former BJD leader Baijayant "Jay" Panda's resignation and Jose K Mani of Kerala Congress (M) was nominated to Rajya Sabha.

Mani quit the Lower House after being nominated to the Rajya Sabha.

The developments come as Parliament is set to take up on Friday the Opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government.

Baijayant Jay Panda. News18

Baijayant Jay Panda. News18

Ten seats are lying vacant and therefore the majority mark in the House now stands at 266. Panda, who represented the Kendrapara constituency in Odisha, had resigned on 12 June. He met Mahajan on Wednesday and requested her to accept his resignation.

Later, he tweeted about his meeting with the Speaker. In January, the parliamentarian was suspended from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for alleged anti-party activities.

The Lok Sabha will debate and vote on Friday on the no-confidence motion against the Modi government — the first since the BJP-led NDA came to power four years ago — after the Speaker admitted their notices.

The no-trust motion in Parliament that was moved and accepted by Mahajan for the first time in 15 years, however, does not pose a threat to the government as the NDA enjoys a comfortable majority.

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Updated Date: Jul 19, 2018 11:56:32 IST

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