No-Confidence Notion: PM Narendra Modi wins trust, and a hug

No-Confidence Notion: PM Narendra Modi wins trust, and a hug

Courtesy : NJ24/07/2018 18:35

The Opposition's no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government was defeated by a heavy margin, after a marathon 12-hour debate that saw both sides launching scathing attacks against each other.

The BJP-led NDA got 325 votes in its favour, more than the ruling coalition's original number of 313. This was when its ally Shiv Sena's all 18 MPs boycotted the proceedings.

The number swelled with neutral players such as AIADMK siding with the government, a big indicator ahead of next year's general elections.

 The halfway mark went down to 226 as Biju Janata Dal and TRS also did not vote, helping the government.

Replaying to the debate as the last speaker in the Lok Sabha, Modi gave a point-by-point rebuttal to attacks by Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

Earlier in the day, Rahul, in his sharpest attack on the PM, raised issues such as the Rafale deal, GST, demonetisation and foreign policy.

In his counter, the PM repeatedly targeted Congress' over its "arrogance and dynastic politics". He did not spare even UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for her over confidence on numerical strength, and reminded how her calculations had failed in 1999.

A two-third majority will help NDA show that it has support cutting across political boundaries.

Responding to Rahul's surprise hug, Modi said, "In the morning, the voting was not over, the debate was also not over... one member comes running to me saying- utho utho utho... What is his hurry to come to power? Let me tell this member it is the people who elected us. That is how we have come here."

"We are here because we have the blessings of 125 crore Indians. We are not here for selfish interest," he said.

Reacting to Rahul's wink and his challenge that the PM cannot look him in the eye, Modi said, "Aapki aankhon mein aankhein daal ke hum nahi bol sakte, aap naamdar hain aur ham kaamdar hain... Aaj poora desh dekhraha tha TV pe aankhon ka khel." Rahul had also winked after the hug.

The PM said that it was a floor test for Congress and not the government. "Congress has no faith in the Election Commission, judiciary, in the RBI, in international agencies. They have confidence in nothing."

Modi also claimed that during 1947-2008, banks gave Rs 18 lakh crore in loans. "But during UPA's rule (2008-14), Rs 52 lakh crore was given as loans, a major cause for NPAs.".

 

He also said two nations (France and India) had to issue a clarification over one careless allegation (by Rahul Gandhi) over the Rafale deal. He claimed that one crore people got jobs in the last one year.

Row as RG embraces Modi, and then winks! 

  • PM laughs when Rahul says apni aankh meri aankh mein nahi daal sakte. He moves towards PM. A puzzled Modi is seen making a questioning gesture.
  • Rahul embraces him. PM looks taken aback. As he starts walking away, a smiling Modi grabs his sleeve, shakes hands, says something, pats him. 
  • Back in his seat, Rahul resumes his sharpest-ever attack on PM. Later, he is seen winking at fellow Congress MPs. Speaker says she doesn’t like it.

 

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