Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday accepted the no-confidence motion moved by Congress, TDP and NCP against the BJP-led government. The no-confidence motion will be taken up in the Parliament on July 20. The development has come on the first day of the monsoon session. Responding to a question by a media personnel whether Congress has the numbers to move the no-confidence motion against the government, Sonia Gandhi said that who says that they don’t have the numbers. The Congress party has been trying to get the opposition together ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections and dethrone the BJP-led government. Reports say that Congress has the support of parties including AAP, TMC, Samajwadi Party and other regional parties.

Meanwhile, as the monsoon session has already commenced today (Wednesday), the Congress party will be holding a crucial meeting on July 21 to discuss their strategy for the ongoing Parliament session. However, on the other side, the BJP is confident that it will pass the no-confidence motion.

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Earlier on Tuesday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi constituted the new Congress Working Committee (CWC) eliminating some party veterans including Digvijay Singh, Janardhan Dwivedi and Sushil Kumar Shinde. In order to bring new and young faces, the Congress chief constituted the new CWC. However, Rahul Gandhi retained some party veterans like P Chidambaram, Scindia as permanent and 10 others as special invitees. Party leaders like Balasahed Thorat, Tariq Hameed Karra, PC Chacko, Randeep Surjewala and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will also remain as permanent attendees in the new CWC.

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