Rahul Gandhi reviews no-confidence motion debate, attacks PM Modi again

21 July, 2018, 12:30 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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Several Opposition parties, led by the Telugu Desam Party, had moved the no-confidence motion against the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The Bharatiya Janata Party won the vote 325-126, but Modi's speech was undermined by tiresome subjects and protesting MPs.

Continuing his attack on Prime Minister Modi government, Gandhi said: "One of those people was given the Rafale contract where the gentleman benefited to the tune of Rs. 45,000 crores".

Textiles Minister Smriti Irani accused Gandhi of indulging in rhetoric and asked him back up his accusations with proof.

Earlier, the Gandhi scion had stunned the House, particularly catching the treasury benches off guard, when after a scathing attack on the government, he walked over to the Prime Minister and hugged him. "The French President (Emmanuel Macron) said that before me".

On Gandhi's allegations on the Rafale aircraft deal, he said "we must abstain from making childish statements on sensitive issues".

Taking the treasury benches by surprise and startling the PM for a moment, Rahul walked over and hugged Modi.

The Congress president alleged that Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was lying to the country under pressure from the prime minister. He made the unusual gesture of going up to the Prime Minister, which caught him and the government totally unawares.

Prime Minister Modi also countered Gandhi's attack on the Doklam issue and said, "Sometimes we should not touch upon issues that are beyond us". "Rahul Creates Flutter, Modi Has Last Word", it said, pointing out the various parties that backed the BJP and those that did not. "I will take out this hatred out of you and turn it into love", he said before striding across the floor to put his arms awkwardly around the seated prime minister.

He said the major opposition party had brought the no-trust motion "to spread instability in the country". Soon after his speech in the Lok Sabha during the no-confidence motion debate on Friday, #BhookampAaGaya started trending on Twitter.

Modi said that the Congress was so power hungry that it had pulled the rug off the feet of any non-Congress government whenever any attempt to form such a government was made. Calling it a "fantastic political weapon', Mr Gandhi said the "Jumla Strike' had farmers, youth, Dalits and women".

He blamed the Congress for division of the country at the time of the independence, as also for division of Andhra Pradesh in a manner which had left the people there unhappy.

The government waived debts worth Rs 2.5 lakh crore of 15-20 richest people and industrialists, he said, adding that the Finance Minister refuses to waive loans of farmers because they don't wear suits like the rich. These states are prospering ...

The PM's wordplay then took the event of the day and turned it-the Congress had "no confidence" in India's institutional strengths, he said.No confidence in economic data, in the RBI, the Election Commission, in EVMs, in the Chief Justice. With 451 members present in the House, the half-way mark was 226, which the government reached comfortably.


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