New Delhi, July 21: The Narendra Modi government on Friday comfortably defeated the no-confidence motion moved by the Opposition with an overwhelming majority. The government got 325 of the 451 votes with just 126 MPs voting in favour of the motion. The no-confidence motion was put to vote after a 12-hour heated debate.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan tabled the motion for a voice vote first, after which she ruled that the Treasury benches had won the poll. Following this, the division vote was recorded with the help of automatic vote recording system.
Later, Modi tweeted, “NDA has the confidence of the Lok Sabha and the 125 crore people of India. I thank all the parties that have supported us in the vote today. Our efforts to transform India and fulfil the dreams of our youth continue. Jai Hind!”
Modi, who was the last speaker of the day in the lower House, requested the House to reject the motion so that his government could continue to do its good work. He said it was also an opportunity for the nation to see the negativity among the Opposition. (Also read: Rahul Gandhi’s Hug Has Lowered The Decorum of The House)
“Na Maanji, na rehbar, na haq mein hawaayein, hai kashti bhi jar-jar, ye kaisa safar hai,” said Modi, clearly ridiculing the Opposition for its unity over the no-confidence motion.
Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi, Modi said that he indeed could not see eye to eye with the Congress leadership as he was not a “naamdar” (from a privileged background) like the Congress chief. “He (Rahul) says I cannot see eye to eye with him. Yes, I cannot do so because I am not a naamdar. I come from a poor background, I am not privileged like you,” Modi said, while replying to the no-confidence motion moved by the Opposition.
Modi also mocked Gandhi for hugging him in the Lok Sabha, saying that the Congress President was actually dreaming of occupying his (the PM’s) chair and so had asked him to get up from his seat in the Lok Sabha.
Earlier in the day, Congress President Rahul Gandhi had walked across to the ruling benches and hugged Modi, taking everyone in the Lok Sabha by surprise. He was also seen winking at party MP Jyotiraditya Scindia.
In his address, Gandhi had accused Modi of lying to the nation and coining empty “jumlas” to deceive the poor of the country. He had also lashed out at the government and questioned Modi’s silence over the increasing number of crimes against women and mass lynching incidents. He said, “The symptoms of the jumla strike are: First there is a great sense of excitement and happiness. After that there is shock and then followed by regret.”
In the morning, moving the no-confidence motion in Parliament, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP Jayadev Galla had accused Modi of not keeping the promise of granting the special category status to Andhra Pradesh. “The saga of Andhra Pradesh during this Modi-Shah regime is a saga of empty promises,” he said.
On Rafael deal, PM Modi said, “I can only request the Naamdaar to refrain from such childish behaviour…Surgical strike wasn’t ‘jumla’ strike but the nation won’t forgive you,” he said. Responding to Gandhi’s “bhaagidaar” jibe, the PM said, “We are the chowkidaar and bhaagidaar of the poor of the country but we aren’t thekedaars like you.”
Gandhi had accused Modi of launching “jumla strikes” and being a “bhaagidaar and not chowkidar ” and had said he had been benefiting his “industrialist friends” while ignoring the youth, farmers, Dalits and women.
(With agency inputs)