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Lok Sabha strength reduces to 533 before no-confidence motion; Panda’s resignation accepted

Ten seats are lying vacant and, therefore, the majority mark in the house now stands at 266

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New Delhi: The effective strength of Lok Sabha has reduced to 533 with two more seats falling vacant, sources in said today, after Speaker accepted BJD MP 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 Rajya Sabha.

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

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 June 12. He met Mahajan yesterday and requested her to accept his resignation.

Later he tweeted about his meeting with the Speaker.

In January this year, the parliamentarian was suspended from the Biju Janata for alleged anti-party activities.

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

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

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