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Is the BJP Line-up of Speakers for Trust Vote Aimed at Pleasing Allies Ahead of 2019 Elections?

Paswan is going to defend the government on the trust motion, and counter allegations of Dalit atrocities, which may be raised by opposition during the course of the debate.

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Updated:July 20, 2018, 11:18 AM IST
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Is the BJP Line-up of Speakers for Trust Vote Aimed at Pleasing Allies Ahead of 2019 Elections?
PM Narendra Modi addresses the media ahead of Parliament's monsoon session in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI photo)
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New Delhi: To respond to the trust vote moved against the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre, the BJP is fielding cabinet minister Ram Vilas Paswan to show unity in NDA. Joining him is another cabinet minister and Bhatinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

Paswan is going to defend the government on the trust motion, and counter allegations of Dalit atrocities, which may be raised by opposition during the course of the debate. The opposition parties led by the TDP brought in the no-confidence motion in the Monsoon Session of the Parliament against the government on issues of lynching, atrocities against women and Dalits and dilution of a law meant for Scheduled Castes.

On 20 March, 2018 the Supreme Court laid down new guidelines that empower and protect public officials and private individuals from immediate arrest under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. There were widespread protests across the country following the new order, in which nine people lost their lives and the protests turned violent at many places.

Responding to it, Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured the Parliament that there is no dilution of SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, and the rights of the marginalised are assured.

The government had also faced criticism when the UGC approved new guidelines for faculty recruitment in the central universities, which was against the policy of reservation of SC/STs. In the new order, UGC approved reservation in faculty to be done by taking departments as the unit and not the university, as it existed before the Allahabad High Court order. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar assured in the House that he is hopeful of saving the reservations.

LJP chief Paswan had clarified that before 2019 there be no alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav or his son Tejashwi Yadav. He reiterated that NDA would remain intact in Bihar for the 2019 elections.

| Edited by: Puja Menon
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