New Delhi: Narendra Modi government in New Delhi on Friday survived the no-confidence motion brought in the Lok Sabha by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and other opposition parties.
Voting on the no confidence motion took pace at around 11:00 pm after a 12 hour long debate which began Friday morning. The BJP government won the no-trust motion by 325 against 126 votes.
The strength of the House slid down after Naveen Patnaik's BJD, Telangana's ruling party TRS and BJP ally Shiv Sena skipped the voting. Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK voted in support of the government. There was no cross-voting.
Terming the no-trust vote against his government a result of the opposition’s “arrogance”, Prime Minister Modi while participating in the debate called on all parties to dismiss the move and accused the Congress of working with the mindset of ‘Modi hatao’ (remove Modi).
Modi said some people are indulging in “negative politics.”
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.
Earlier, in a never-before move, Rahul Gandhi crossed the Lok Sabha floor at the end of a scathing speech, and hugged the Prime Minister. He later took his seat and soon later winked at one of his colleagues who was cheering his speech.
Modi gave a point-by-point rebuttal to the attack and 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.
"Only the electorate of the country can decide his fate and make him sit on his chair", Modi said, asking “why is the hurry”.
Soon after winning the n-trust motion, Modi took to Twitter and wrote, "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!"
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