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Modi govt defeats no-confidence motion, gets more than two-third votes

The vote came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit back at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi who had surprised him Friday morning with a hug after a scathing attack in his speech during the debate on the no-confidence motion.

india Updated: Jul 21, 2018 00:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The Modi government received 325 votes out of 451.(Screengrab)

A motion of no-confidence against the Narendra Modi government was expectedly defeated in the Lok Sabha on Friday after a 12-hour marathon debate. The government obtained a two-third majority of the votes to demonstrate that it enjoys support cutting across political boundaries.

The no-confidence motion received 126 votes in favour and 325 votes against with 451 members of parliament present and voting. There were no abstentions but the decision of some parties to not take part in the vote had reduced the numbers in the government’s favour.

With the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Shiv Sena staying away, the effective strength of the house had come down to 496. The numbers displayed in the Lok Sabha indicate that 45 more MPs did not vote. The TRS participated in the debate on the no-confidence motion, but its 11 MPs did not vote. The names and affiliations of the remaining MPs who did not vote is not yet clear.

The vote came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit back at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi who had surprised him Friday morning with a hug after a scathing attack in his speech during the debate on the no-confidence motion.

“In the morning, the voting was not over, the debate was also not over one member comes running to me saying- Utho Utho Utho... 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 in his reply to the debate.

“We are here because we have the blessings of 125 crore Indians. We are not here for selfish interest,” he said.

Modi also said that the no-confidence motion underlined the negativity of the opposition.

He also sought to turn the tables on the Congress said, insisting that it was a floor test for the grand old party and not the government.

He went on to say “Congress has no faith in the election commission, judiciary, in the RBI, in the International Agencies. They have confidence in nothing.”

Early in his speech, Modi set the tone by asking MPs to reject the no-confidence motion against his government in the Lok Sabha.

“I urge all of you to reject this proposal... What was the rush to discuss the no-confidence motion?” the Prime Minister asked in his reply to the day long debate in the lower house.

Modi was attacked by leaders of several opposition parties, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Telugu Desam Party’s Jayadev Galla, during the discussion over a number of issues.

The Congress chief had faulted the NDA government over demonetisation, GST, lynchings and the Rafale deal among other things.

First Published: Jul 20, 2018 23:23 IST