New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi tore into the Congress and its chief Rahul Gandhi, who, in a never-before move in parliament on Friday, crossed the floor at the end of a scathing speech and hugged him.The government got the backing of 325 members, compared to the 126 who supported the motion. The halfway mark stood at 226 after Naveen Patnaik’s BJD, Telangana Rashtra Samithi and BJP ally Shiv Sena skipped the voting. Late in the evening, PM Modi gave a point-by-point rebuttal to Mr Gandhi’s attack. He also took on Mr Gandhi’s mother Sonia Gandhi and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, whose party moved the no-confidence motion that led to today’s marathon, 12-hour debate in the Lok Sabha. The voting, held at the end of the day-long session saw the government win by a comfortable majority.
Terming the no-trust vote against his government a result of the opposition’s “arrogance”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday called on all parties to dismiss the move and accused the Congress of working with the mindset of ‘Modi hatao’ (remove Modi).
Responding to a day-long debate on the no-confidence motion, he said some people are indulging in “negative politics.” He also took a dig at Rahul Gandhi for asking him to stand up for a hug after walking across to his chair in the Lok Sabha, saying the Congress President appeared to be in a hurry to occupy his seat.
Taking a dig at Rahul, he said, “In a democracy, don’t be in a hurry. A person was eager for this seat, wanted me to get up. What’s the hurry, people decide who sits on the seat.” Only the electorate of the country can decide his fate and make him sit on his chair. Gandhi was present in the House when the Prime Minister made the statement.
Today’s no-confidence motion, the 27th in Parliamentary history, is the first to be admitted in 15 years. The last was in 2003 when the Congress party moved a no-confidence motion against prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.