What are differences between Censure & No-Confidence Motions?

Q.  Which of the following are true regarding Censure and No-Confidence Motions?

1) No-Confidence motion needs the support of 50 members to be admitted.
2) There is a need to state reason for moving the no-confidence motion.
3) Censure motion can be moved against individual ministers.

- Published on 03 Mar 17

a. 2, 3
b. 1, 3
c. 1, 2
d. All of the above

ANSWER: 1, 3
  • Article 75 of the Constitution says that the council of ministers shall be collectively responsible to the Lok Sabha.

  • It means that the ministry stays in office so long as it enjoys confidence of the majority of the members of the Lok Sabha.

  • Lok Sabha can remove the ministry from office by passing a no-confidence motion.

  • The motion needs the support of 50 members to be admitted.
Sr. No.No confidence MotionCensure Motion
1.There is no need to state the reasons for its adoption in the Lok Sabha.The reason should be stated for its adoption in the Lok Sabha.
2.It can be moved against the entire council of ministers only and not individual ministers.It can be moved against an individual minister or a group of ministers or the entire council of ministers.
3.It is moved for judging the confidence of Lok Sabha in the council of ministers.It is moved for censuring the council of ministers for specific policies and actions.
4.The council of ministers must resign from office If it is passed in the Lok Sabha.The council of ministers does not have to resign from the office If it is passed in the Lok Sabha.

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