U.K. PM Boris Johnson faces no-confidence vote

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won the trust vote on 6 June. The no-confidence motion was brought by MPs from his ruling Conservative Party. Johnson garnered the support of 59% of his lawmakers. He got 211 votes out of a total of 359 MPs.

  • What is a No-Confidence Motion?

  • In a parliamentary democracy, the government can be in power only if it has a majority in the directly elected house.

  • Article 75(3) of the Constitution of India specifies the rule that the Council of Ministers is collectively responsible to the Lok Sabha.

  • But there is no mention of a no-confidence motion in the Constitution.

  • Rule 198 of the Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Lok Sabha provides a mechanism for examining this collective responsibility.

  • According to this rule, any Lok Sabha MP who has the support of 50 colleagues can move a no-confidence motion against the Council of Ministers.

  • The MPs who supported the proposal highlight the shortcomings of the government.

  • The prime minister or minister then responds to the allegations made.

  • If the government loses the vote of confidence, it is expected to resign.

  • There is no procedure for bringing a no-confidence motion against the government in the Rajya Sabha.

  • Process of voting

  • Voting can be conducted by following mode-

  1. By voice vote the legislators (MPs) respond orally.

  2. By division vote voting is done using electronic gadgets, slips or in a ballot box.

  3. By ballot vote just like how people vote during state or parliamentary elections.

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