NARENDRA Modi headed NDA government on Friday night massively won the first no trust motion after a spiritedly refuting the accusations made by the ruling TDP of Andhra Pradesh, Indian National Congress, TMC and some other opposition parties.
Moving the motion, Jayadeva Galla of the TDP alleged that injustice had been done to the state after the undivided Andhra Pradesh was split to create Telangana State. Andhra Pradesh had to rebuild the new state from a scratch since it had to build a new capital and infrastructure. Despite repeated commitments, PM Modi and his government had not granted it a special category status for providing adequate financial resources. He was supported by INC, TMC , NCP, RJD , Janata Dal (Secular) and some other parties who had taken the opportunity to slam the Modi Government for what they called its failure on all fronts and not honouring the promises made to the people before forming government in May 2014. Giving point by pint reply raised through the no-confidence motion against his government in the Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dubbed it a result of the opposition’s “arrogance” and its ‘Modi hatao’ mindset and hit back at INC President youthful Rahul Gandhi over “childish” behaviour.
The government got the support of 325 members while 126 backed the motion with 451 MPs present in the House.
Members of the Shiv Sena, part of the NDA, BJD and TRS, the ruling parties of Odisha and Telangana respectively, were not present in the House when the voting took place. Several AIADMK members opposed the motion .Replying to an over 11-hour debate on the motion, Modi appealed to all parties to defeat it and accused the Congress president of “crushing” the truth and “playing with national security” by making allegations against him on the Doklam issue and by speaking of graft in the Rafale aircraft deal.
After Gandhi left everyone surprised by walking across to the Prime Minister’s chair to hug him, Modi sought to turn the table on him, saying he appeared to be in a hurry to occupy his seat as he kept asking him to stand up for an embrace. 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,” he said. Incidentally, next Parliamentary polls will be held in the first quarter of 2019. The whole country has watched the game he played with his eyes, Modi said, evoking laughter from the Treasury Benches as he gestured with his hands, apparently referring to Gandhi’s wink in the House following his speech. If Gandhi kept Modi in his line of fire through his speech, it was the turn of the Congress’ ruling family when the prime minister spoke.”The country is not unaware of the history of one family which promoted political instability time and again for its selfish interests,” he said. The family believed that it had the divine right to rule the nation generation after generation.
Modi said his fate was in the hands of 125 crore people and added that he prayed to lord Shiva, who was invoked by Gandhi in his speech, and the countrymen, that the Congress leader bring a similar no-confidence motion in 2024.He was apparently referring to the return of the NDA to power in 2019 for another five-year tenure.
He cited several development and welfare initiatives while hitting out at the opposition, saying the country has seen how much negativity has seeped into his rivals that they were speaking against the progress made by the country.
These parties, which could not even stand each other, have got together but he had the people’s blessings, Modi said as he recited verses and shlokas to describe the opposition as a rudderless without a captain. This is not his government’s floor test but a “forced test” that the Congress has done to see which parties are with it, he said.
Without naming Gandhi, Modi said due to his “careless” allegation on the Rafale deal, both India and France had to release statements. There is complete transparency in the deal; he asserted. It was a deal between two governments.
PM Modi said Rahul Gandhi is in the habit of speaking about subjects of which he lacks knowledge. Gandhi believed the version of the Chinese diplomat on the Doklam issue but did not trust the Indian Army .Modi was obviously referring to Gandhi’s meeting with Chinese diplomats during the standoff.
“What have we come to? Everything does not merit a childish conduct,” he said. Apparently referring to the opposition attack on his government over mob lynching incidents, Modi said he has asked state governments to take action against the culprits who indulge in violence. Earlier giving an elaborate answer, Union Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh said lynching is part of law and order problem. Under the Constitution, maintenance of law and order is in the domain of the state governments. Central government cannot encroach upon the constitutionally earmarked territory . During INC headed governments, there were several incidents related to lynching. The biggest lynching occurred in India when hundreds of innocent people belonging to Sikh community were lynched following assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984,he added.