Modi government passes no-trust test comfortably

Hannah Rogers
July 21, 2018

Towards the end of his speech during the debate on the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha, after making lethal attacks that triggered wild protests from the treasury benches, Rahul said: "You will think there is anger and hatred in my heart against the Prime Minister and BJP president".

However, a statement issued by the French government after Congress president Rahul Gandhi raised the Indo-French Rafale jet deal during the no-confidence motion in Parliament, did not specifically mention whether the classified information included details of the pricing.

Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan accepted a no-confidence motion, which was moved by TDP's Kesineni Srinivas against the NDA government.

Opposition parties have brought the motion against the government on several issues like special status to Andhra Pradesh, cow vigilantism, lynchings, atrocities against women and Dalits and alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act.

The AIADMK supported the government and voted against the no-confidence motion, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said.

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"What an astonishing performance by Rahul Gandhi".

"India will be watching us closely", he said.

In his speech, Gandhi launched a blitzkrieg on PM Modi, Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and others. But the truth is, I am grateful to them. The youth in India believed in the Prime Minister. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman stated that the details of the deal can not be revealed since a secrecy agreement was signed in 2008 with France and Rafale deal was also covered in it. But the Congress President bent over, threw his arms around Modi and hugged him tight. I am proud to say, I am a chowkidar and a bhagidar but not a thekedar (contractor) or a saudagar (trader).

"Government has the strength in the House to defeat the motion if one calculates by Indian mathematics. and I do not know which country's mathematics she is using to calculate the numbers", BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said, reacting to Sonia Gandhi's claim on Wednesday that the Opposition had numbers. "Everybody understands the relationship that Prime Minister Modi has with certain business people and everyone can see the amount of money that goes into Prime Minister Modi's marketing", he added. Modi initially looked non-plussed and did not stand up, but recovered quickly and called Gandhi back and patted him on the back. I am a "kaamdar" and you are a "naamdar"," Modi responded and made a veiled reference to Gandhi's wink, saying, "The entire country saw what the eyes did today. With a central image of the hug, the daily highlighted both the Opposition's complaints as well as the government's responses. So we can not support TDP, BJP or even the Congress.

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