New Delhi: The no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government moved by the TDP, was defeated in the Lok Sabha on Friday night after a 12-hour heated debate, which saw the government and Opposition trade charges amid theatrics and rhetoric. The debate also a moment of drama when Congress president Rahul Gandhi, after a blistering speech, walked over to hug Modi.
The government got the support of 325 members, while 126 backed the motion, with 451 MPs present in the House. The easy win for the Modi government is being considered to be a huge embarrassment for the Opposition ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The debate had many headline-grabbing moments but few satisfactory answers to the Opposition’s charge against the Modi government.
At the end of the debate TDP MP Kesineni Srinivas said, “I thought for one-and-a-half hours I was watching a Bollywood blockbuster film. I have no doubt PM would have been the best actor in the world.” However, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan stopped him mid-way and said the House is out of time, before the motion was voted on.
The hug that broke the Internet
Modi’s 2024 challenge to Oppn
- ‘We will do everything for the people of the country. I once again ask them to bring another no-confidence motion in 2024,’ Modi said as he ended his speech.
- After winning the no-trust vote, Modi said, ‘NDA has the confidence of the Lok Sabha and the 125 crore people of India.’
- TDP MP K Srinivas said, ‘It is not about majority, it is about morality. Morality won today.’
- Modi also said it was a fact that he cannot see eye-to-eye with Rahul. ‘You are ‘naamdaar’ (dynast), I am ‘kaamdar’ (worker),’ he said.
Storm brews over Rafale deal
- Rahul accused the government of ‘lying’ to the nation on the issue of sharing details of the Rafale jet deal which was rejected strongly by Modi calling the charges ‘distortion of truth’.
- Rahul described Modi as a ‘bhagidaar’ (collaborator) in cases of alleged graft, not a ‘chowkidaar’ (guard).
- Rahul said the French President had conveyed to him that there was no problem in sharing details.
- A spokesperson in the French foreign ministry said a security pact signed in 2008 binds the countries to protect classified information.
NDA gets 11 extra votes
- There were no abstentions. The ruling NDA, with 314 MPs, secured 11 extra votes.
- AIADMK supported the government and voted against no-confidence motion, said parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar.
- Members of the Shiv Sena, BJD and TRS were not present in the House when the voting took place.