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No-confidence motion Highlights: Govt comfortably wins vote in Lok Sabha; NDA has confidence of 125 crore Indians, tweets PM Modi

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government defeated the no-confidence motion against it in the Lok Sabha on Friday. Here are the highlights:

By HT Correspondent | Jul 21, 2018 00:16 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government defeated the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha on Friday with 325 MPs voting against the motion.

The vote took place after PM Modi’s address in the lower house as the debate on the motion ran late into the night.

The Prime Minister mocked Rahul Gandhi for hugging him during the debate, saying the Congress president was actually dreaming of becoming the next Prime Minister and had asked him to get up from his seat in the Lok Sabha.

Earlier in the day, 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.


12:05am IST

Rahul’s hug to PM did him more harm than good: Jitendra Singh

“Rahul Gandhi’s hug to PM Modi has done him more harm than good. What he did was also against the parliamentary decorum,” says Union Minister Jitendra Singh.

12:01am IST

PM Modi’s speech was ‘dramebaazi’: Mallikarjun Kharge

11:58pm IST

CM Naidu in Delhi tomorrow, we will decide next step: TDP

“He (PM Modi) has not even attempted to answer the outstanding issues of Andhra Pradesh, it was not expected from him. It is unfortunate. Tomorrow CM N Chandrababu Naidu is coming to Delhi, then we will decide the next step,”says TDP MP YS Choudhary

11:55pm IST

Ravi Shankar Prasad on trust vote

11:43pm IST

NDA has the confidence of the Lok Sabha, tweets PM Modi

The Prime Minister thanked parties for their support.

11:33pm IST

Andhra waited for justice, only to be disappointed again: Naidu

“Entire Andhra Pradesh waited for justice, only to be disappointed again. They have majority but they breached ‘neeti’. PM’s speech caused much pain,” CM Chandrababu Naidu.

“He (Modi) called us egoistic. In fact, it is he who is an egoist,” he said.

11:31pm IST

PM’s speech didn’t address common man’s woes: Scindia

“PM in his two-hour speech didn’t address any of the woes of the common man.What BJP says and what it does is a difference between reality and what they try and conjure up.That is the signal that has gone out,” says Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia.

11:28pm IST

Vote result means Congress will 10 seats in 2019: Nishikant Dubey

“This means Congress will 10 seats in 2019,” BJP MP Nishikant Dubey said on the results of the vote on the no-confidence motion.

11:11pm IST

Division of votes

There were 325 votes against the motion and 126 votes for it.

House is adjourned till 11am on Monday, July 23.

11:09pm IST

Vote of no-confidence defeated

Government wins the vote on no-confidence motion.

11:01pm IST

Voting underway

Lok Sabha votes on the no-confidence motion.

MP Pappu Yadav walked out from the Lok Sabha before voting. BJP MPs KC Patel and Bhola Singh, who are unwell, come to the Lok Sabha for voting, reports news agency ANI.

10:40pm IST

Modi on mob lynchings

Any instance of violence brings shame to the nation. I will once again urge the state governments to punish those who indulge in violence.

10:20pm IST

Modi mocks Rahul’s wink

10:01pm IST

PM’s rebuttal on Rafale allegations

PM Modi responds to Rahul Gandhi’s attack on Rafale deal, says ‘2 nations had to issue clarification over 1 careless allegation’.

“Who are we to look you in the eye? I am from a humble family, you are naamdaar, we are kaamdar,” said Modi in response to Rahul’s allegations. “We don’t have the guts to look you in the eye,” he said.

9:55pm IST

Modi asks Opposition not to insult armed forces

You called the surgical strike a Jumla Strike. You can abuse me as much as you want. Stop insulting the Jawans of India. I will not tolerate this insult to our armed forces: PM Modi says in his address.

9:48pm IST

Congress has no faith: Modi

Congress has no faith in the election commission, the judiciary, in the RBI or in the international agencies. They have confidence in nothing, PM Modi says in Lok Sabha.

9:44pm IST

Congress counters Modi’s claim

The Congress party is countering claims made by the PM during his speech in the Lok Sabha.

“PM Modi, Neem coated urea has been available long before you came to power,” Congress official handle posted on Twitter.

9:40pm IST

Modi lists his govt’s achievements

It is this Government that is bringing a programme like Ayushman Bharat that will give top quality healthcare to the poor, says PM Modi

Our Government has opened bank accounts for the poor. Earlier, the doors of the banks never opened for the poor. Women are leading a smoke-free life due to Ujjwala Yojana. Toilets have been constructed across India at a record pace: Modi

9:35pm IST

Ruckus in the House during PM’s speech

The Opposition starts chanting slogans of ‘We want justice’ as the PM delivers his address.

9:30pm IST

Modi says have blessings of 125 crore Indians

We are here, because we have numbers. We have 125 crore people’s blessings, says PM Modi.

We have served the nation with the Mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’: Modi

9:25pm IST

Why bring the motion if you don’t want to debate: Modi

If you were not prepared for the debate why did you bring the motion? Why were you trying to delay the motion: PM Modi while addressing the Opposition in the Lok Sabha.

This is not the ruling govt’s floor test, it is a floor test for congress’s allies, adds Modi.

9:15am IST

PM Modi begins his address

Narendra Modi has joined the ongoing debate over the no-confidence motion against the government in the Lok Sabha.

“I urge all of you to reject this proposal,” says PM Modi.

8:50pm IST

Govt will no-confidence motion in 2019: IUML

“Government may not win no-confidence motion in this House, but will lose it next year,” says IUML’s PK Kunhalikutty.

INLD’s Dushyan Chautala, J(D)’s Kaushalendra Kumar and JMM’s Vijay Kumar Hansdak speak against the motion.

8:38pm IST

Confer special status to Andhra immediately: YSR Congress

AIUDF’s Badruddin Ajmal talks about refugee camps in Assam, mob lynchings and crimes against women.

MoS Upendra Kushwaha speaks against the motion.

YSR Congress’ Renuka Butta says at the time of passing the AP Reorganisation Act, the then government and the Opposition had unanimously supported special category status. She ends with requesting the PM to immediately confer special status to Andhra.

8:22pm IST

BJP’s Virendra Singh mocks Rahul Gandhi hugging PM Modi

BJP’s Virendra Singh mocks Rahul Gandhi hugging PM. “He said the Prime Minister does not look him in the eye. I am glad the PM does not look at such a person in the eye.”

“He went to hug the PM. If I had gone to hug him (Rahul) like this, a privilege motion would have been moved against me,” Singh says.

8:15pm IST

SCS for Andhra is not the only promise PM broke: AAP

AAP’s Bhagwant Mann expresses solidarity with TDP.

“SCS for Andhra is not the only promise the Prime Minister has gone back on. He went back on the Swaminathan Commission and on providing two crore jobs,” Mann says.

“What is he doing in Delhi? The elected CM waited for 9 days to meet the L-G, he did not get 9 minutes,” he says.

Mann asks PM Modi to let everyone know when “acche din” will come.

8:06pm IST

TDP attacks govt on special category status for Andhra Pradesh

As TDP’s Rammohan Naidu Kinjarapu begins to speak, Speaker extends the session by another hour to 9pm.

Kinjarapu says, “Why did the issue of special category session come up now? At the time, Arun Jaitley had said in the Rajya Sabha that Andhra Pradesh should get SCS for 10 years. The BJP manifesto said this too. When the government is yours, the Prime Minister is yours, why can’t you implement this?”

Kinjarapu says he wants to directly from the Prime Minister on what he thinks of SCS for Andhra Pradesh.

7:57pm IST

Govt has worked to fulfil every promise: MoS Anupriya Patel

MoS Anupriya Patel says,”We are being called government of jumlas, but we have worked to fulfil every promise we have made.

“We have searched for schemes started by the previous government and worked to implement those as well,” she says.

Patel says, “We did not do jumla of saying ‘Garibi hatao’. She lists schemes introduced by the government for the poor.

7:40pm IST

Modi govt brought a new model of development: SAD

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in chair. Shiromani Akali Dal’s Prem Singh Chandumajra speaks.

“Modi government brought a new model of development. Earlier, development was only for 10% of the people. The rich became richer, the poor became poorer. Now, development is for 90%,” he says.

7:27pm IST

Govt is left with ‘Hindu-Muslim, Bharat-Pakistan’ narrative: TMC

Dinesh Trivedi says democracy is in danger and mob rule cannot dominate the country.

“In Mahabharata, the Kauravas had the numbers but the Pandavas had the truth. It is our dharma to debate this motion,” he says.

Trivedi says government is left with narrative of “Hindu-Muslim, Bharat-Pakistan, Shamshan Kabristaan”.

He raises historically low value of rupee and decline in manufacturing.

7:19pm IST

TMC extends support to TDP

Trinamool Congress’ Dinesh Trivedi speaks and extends full support to TDP.

7:16pm IST

Rajnath should say what Centre has done for Andhra in 4 years: Naidu

Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu says, “It would have been good on Rajnath Singh’s part if he had told what the Centre has done to Andhra Pradesh in the last 4 years instead of saying I am a good friend.”

In his speech in the Lok Sabha, Rajnath Singh had said, “We have good relations with Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and will continue to have a cordial equation.”

7:10pm IST

Rahul Gandhi reacts to France’s statement on Rafale deal

“Let them deny it if they want. He (French President Emmanuel Macron) said that before me.I was there, Anand Sharma and Dr.Manmohan Singh were also there,” Rahul Gandhi says, as quoted by news agency ANI.

7:05pm IST

AIADMK MP Jayavardhan opposes NEET, education commission

Deputy Speaker M Thambi Durai in chair. With the debate expected to extend late into the night, Minister Ananth Kumar announces dinner being arranged in Sansad Bhawan at 8pm.

AIADMK’s J Jayavardhan speaks. He says the Dam Safety Bill violates rights of Tamil Nadu.

Jayavardhan talks of Tamil Nadu’s objection to NEET and to replacement of UGC with Higher Education Commission for India.

6:58pm IST

Rahul has attended school of politics: Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut

6:54pm IST

Govt offering Rs 17,500 crore assistance to Andhra: Hari Babu

Hari Babu says the government is not giving Andhra Pradesh special category status but it is providing the state with all the assistance required by it.

“Rs 17,500 crore assistance is being offered by the government to Andhra Pradesh,” he says.

6:46pm IST

Why didn’t TDP include special status for Andhra in Reorganisation Act: Hari Babu

BJP MP from Andhra Pradesh Hari Babu Kambhampati asks TDP why it did not include special category status for the status in the Reorganisation Act itself?

Hari Babu says the 14th Finance Commission does not distinguish between general and special category states.

6:36pm IST

Speaker threatens to move privilege motion against Kharge

As Kharge asks when “acche din” will come, Speaker calls on BJP’s Hari Babu Kambhampati to speak.

Kharge talks about BJP ministers saying the government will amend the Indian Constitution and quotes RSS’ Mohan Bhagwat’s statement on this. Government MPs object to mention of RSS yet again.

As Kharge continues to speak, Speaker says she will move privilege motion against him if he does not conclude. She allows him to end with one more sentence.

6:25pm IST

France releases statement on Rafale deal

France’s statement as quoted by news agency ANI, “We have noted the statement of Mr Rahul Gandhi before the Indian Parliament. France and India concluded in 2008 a security agreement, which legally binds the two States to protect the classified information provided by the partner that could impact security and operational capabilities of the defence equipment of India or France. These provisions naturally apply to the IGA concluded on 23 September 2016 on the acquisition of 36 Rafale aircraft and their weapons.”

6:21pm IST

Kharge says Opposition supports Andhra in its demands

Kharge says Opposition parties Congress, CPI, CPM and the Muslim League stand with Andhra Pradesh and support its demands.

“During the last election, Modi had promised his government would give Minimum Support Price as cost+50%. But the MSP raised recently does not match this. With elections around the corner, he is promising to double their income by 2020. Famer suicides have risen during the government’s term,” Kharge says.

6:16pm IST

Kharge asks why Lokpal Act has not been amended

Kharge raises issues of Lokpal Act. “You have not been able to make a small amendment in the Lokpal Act, you have not brought about the amendment to include leader of largest party in the Oppostion,” he says.

Kharge had written to the PM and boycotted a meeting of the Lokpal selection committee after he was invited as a ‘special invitee.”

6:12pm IST

Outcry over Kharge’s mention of RSS

Uproar in the House as Kharge says, “BJP and RSS, tell us what values you believe in?”

An MP asks why the RSS is being brought up.

6:09pm IST

Congress has always tried to safeguard democracy: Kharge

Mallikarjun Kharge says, “They say 18,000 villages didn’t get electricity in 70 years. There are 6,23,000 villages in the country. So,if you provided electricity to 18,000 villages in four years, we brought electricity to over 6 lakh villages. Is that not progress?”

“If we followed your path, democracy would have ended long time ago. Congress has always tried to safeguard democracy,” he says.

6:01pm IST

Speaker extends session to 7pm

Speaker extends the session till 7pm.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge begins speaking.

5:44pm IST

Govt will ensure nothing is changed in SC/ST Act: Paswan

On the SC/ST Act, Ram Vilas Paswan says, “Even if the Supreme Court tries to dilute the provisions of the Act, the government will bring in an ordinance or law, if necessary. to make sure not a single comma is changed in the Act.”

Paswan questions SP and RJD’s support for the Women’s reservation bill. Opposition raises objections.

Paswan concludes saying there is no vacancy for post of Prime Minister in 2019.

5:36pm IST

Ram Vilas Paswan thanks PM for rural electrification scheme

Minister Ram Vilas Paswan lists schemes implemented by the NDA government. He thanks PM Modi for the progress made on electrification of villages.

5:21pm IST

This government of ‘jumle baazi’ will not last long: NCP’s Anwar

NCP’s Tariq Anwar raises issues of Lokpal appointment, bank fraud, farmers suicides and women’s safety.

Anwar says BJP’s leadership is restricted to two men and quotes a tweet by Shatrughan Sinha on BJP becoming a two-man party.

He says the government has wasted 4 years and spent its time defaming the Nehru-Gandhi family.

“This government of ‘jumle baazi’ will not last long. You have majority in the Parliament but the people outside are waiting for chang,” he says.

5:07pm IST

Centre will do everything necessary to help Andhra Pradesh: Rajnath

On TDP, Rajnath Singh says the Central government gave Andhra Pradesh more money than recommended by the Financial Commission to bridge the state’s revenue deficit. “A special assistance package of Rs 8140 crore was given for approved projects and another Rs 2400 crore is due,” he says.

Singh says the 14th Finance Commission did not make provisions for special category states. The home minister adds the Centre will do everything necessary to help Andhra Pradesh.

4:59pm IST

Rajnath attacks talk of ‘Hindu Pakistan’

“Do we want India to have the kind of mentality that dominates Pakistan? Where do we want to take the country with talk of ‘Hindu Taliban’ and ‘Hindu Pakistan’,”Rajnath Singh asks.

“We want an India where minorities are safe and they thrive,” he says.

4:46pm IST

Biggest mob lynching took place in 1984 : Rajnath

Rajnath Singh says, “We will do everything to stop mob lynching. I ask the states to introduce the toughest punishments to stop these lynchings.”

“However, to those speaking on mob lynchings I must say the biggest lynching took place in 1984 (anti-Sikh riots). We see how the Sikh community suffers and we will deliver justice to them,” he says.

4:38pm IST

Kharge objects to Speaker’s comments on Rahul’s hug

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge objects to the Speaker’s comments on the hug and asks what is wrong with it.

Rajnath Singh resumes speaking and says he will hug Kharge after they leave the House.

4:34pm IST

Should not have happened: Speaker on Rahul hugging PM

House resumes proceedings. Rajnath Singh refers Rahul Gandhi hugging PM Modi as ‘Chipko andolan’.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan talks about the hug. “It’s not okay to do this while he (Narendra Modi) sits in the Prime Minister’s seat. It should not have happened. He is the Prime Minister and everyone must maintain decorum, respect the position. I did not like it, it was inappropriate.” she says.

Mahajan talks about Gandhi winking after returning to his seat. She says she objects to how the hug took place.

4:19pm IST

Lok Sabha adjourned till 4:30pm

The house has been adjourned till 4:30pm as TDP MPS raise slogans. This is the second adjournment of the day.

4:17pm IST

Opposition parties don’t even trust each other, says Rajnath Singh

4:12pm IST

India fastest growing economy in world: Rajnath

“Despite Opposition claims about demonetisation hurting people, we won polls in UP after the note ban. It shows that people trust us,” says Rajnath Sngh

On the economy, Singh says India is the fastest growing economy in the world. “UN bodies and IMF have said at the rate at which India’s economy is growing, our GDP will be more that 7,8% by 2019-2020,” he says.

4:06pm IST

Never moved no confidence motion against Cong because they had mandate: Rajnath

“After 15 years, a no confidence motion has been moved against a government after 15 years. We never moved a no-confidence motion in the ten years that Congress was in power because we understood that the Congress had people’s mandate,” says Rajnath Singh.

3:55pm IST

Decided take up trust vote because we respect Opposition: Rajnath

Rajnath Singh begins speaking against the motion and says BJP holds power in most states in India. “We decided to take up the no-confidence motion and debate it because we respect the Opposition,” he says .

3:46pm IST

Govt has no right to govern if it can’t protect women, Dalits: Salim

CPI(M)’s Mohammad Salim says the government has no right to govern if it cannot protect women and Dalits. He raps the government for going back on its promise to Andhra Pradesh.

Salim says farmers and labourers were worst affected by GST.

3:40pm IST

Rahul’s behaviour ‘childish’, says BJP 

Rahul Gandhi’s behaviour was childish. He has grown old but it is unfortunate that he has not grown up. It is unfortunate that the president of Congress is so ill-informed and immature, says Ananth Kumar.

3:30pm IST

BJP will move privilege motion against Rahul Gandhi

BJP will move privilege motion against Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha over ‘false allegations’ and for ‘misleading’ Parliament, says parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar.

3:20pm IST

‘Aaj kaunsa karke aaye hai’,Union minister asks Rahul

Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal is caught on camera saying she asked Rahul Gandhi “aaj kaunsa karke aaye hai” because he had “earlier called Punjabis ‘nashedis’”

3:15pm IST

Mulayam Singh Yadav addresses Lok Sabha

Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav addresses parliamentarians during the no-confidence motion. He tells MPs there’s a need to provide employment and better opportunities for farmers.

3:05pm IST

Congress leaders laud Rahul Gandhi’s speech, BJP calls it ‘drama’

2:55pm IST

PM Modi to address Lok Sabha after 6:30pm

PM Narendra Modi to speak on no-confidence motion after 6:30pm today, reports ANI quoting sources.

2:50pm IST

Shiv Sena reacts after Rahul’s speech

The topics that Rahul Gandhi had raised today has some base. The image that PM Modi and BJP government have created can be damaged with such allegations: Shiv Sena leader Anandrao Adsul on Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha speech during the no-confidence motion.

2:40pm IST

PM has become a travelling salesman: TMC

BJP is losing by-elections and they lost even in Karnataka. The Prime Minister has become a travelling statesman. He went to Bengal for a meeting for no reason: Saugata Roy says in Parliament, referring to PM Modi’s recent rally in Midnapore.

The PM is spending Rs 1,800 crores for globe-trotting and our poor farmers are dying, says Roy.

2:30pm IST

This isn’t Munna Bhai: Minister’s reply after Rahul Gandhi’s hug

2:20pm IST

We’ve witnessed Rahul’s lies, says Union minister

We all have witnessed the lies propagated by Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha today. He had absolutely no proof but only political negative rhetoric and that itself has cost him in every election that he has fought: Union minister Smriti Irani

2:10pm IST

Nirmala Sitharaman rebuts Rahul’s charges

Defence minister says she does not know what transpired in a meeting between the Congress president and the French President, as claimed by Rahul Gandhi. The secrecy agreement with France was signed in 2008 and Rafale deal was also covered in it, she explains.

2:08pm IST

Watch: Rahul Gandhi hugs PM Modi

While concluding speech, Rahul Gandhi walks across to PM Modi, hugs him and shakes his hand.

2:05pm IST

Rahul says he’s ‘grateful’ to BJP 

I’m grateful to BJP and RSS that they’ve explained the meaning of Congress, and of being an Indian, says Rahul in his address. You have anger for me. For you, I’m Pappu. But I have no anger for you. I am Congress.

2:03pm IST

PM, Amit Shah act out of fear: Gandhi

PM and Amit Shah are two very different type of politicians. We can see ourselves being in and out of power. The PM and the BJP president can simply not afford to lose power. PM And Amit Shah act out of fear. It is this anger that is being transmitted to India: Gandhi

I was surprised that BJP leaders congratulated me for speaking well, the Congress president says amid loud protests by MPs.

2pm IST

Rahul targets Modi, asks Why PM doesn’t speak up on lynchings

Without taking his name, Rahul Gandhi targets Union minister Jayant Sinha for felicitating lynching convicts in Jharkhand, drawing BJP lawmakers’ ire. Why doesn’t the PM speak up, asks Gandhi on lynchings. These incidents aren’t just on a person, they are attacks on BR Ambedkar. We won’t stand this, says Gandhi.

Sinha had last week expressed his “regret” after facing intense criticism for felicitating seven convicted cow vigilantes in Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh last week.

1:50pm IST

Don’t be afraid of the truth: Rahul Gandhi

Continuing his address after adjournment, Rahul Gandhi tells Lok Sabha not to be afraid of the truth. He says the PM has only given MSP relief to farmers while the Karnataka government has waived off farmers loans worth Rs 34,000 crore.

On safety, the Congress president says the impression of India across the world is that India can’t protect women.

1:48pm IST

Speaker’s appeal to parliamentarians

As Lok Sabha reconvenes after a brief adjournment, Speaker asks lawmakers to maintain peace and allow everyone to speak.

1:38pm IST

Lok Sabha is adjourned till 1:45pm

Speaker adjourns House till 1:45pm as BJP protests against Rahul Gandhi’s allegation.

1:35pm IST

Don’t be scared: Rahul tells Lok Sabha

Amid uproar over Congress president’s speech, Rahul Gandhi tells parliamentarians “not to be scared”.

1:30pm IST

PM can’t look into my eyes, says Rahul

“I can see him smiling. But there’s a touch of nervousness in the gentleman and he is looking away from me. I can understand that. He cannot look into my eyes, I can see that because the Prime Minister has not been truthful: Rahul Gandhi

1:25pm IST

Everyone can see the money that goes into PM’s marketing: Rahul

Everybody understands and sees the amount of money which goes into the marketing of the Prime Minister of India: Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha.

“Everybody understands the relationship the prime minister has with certain people. Everybody understands the amount of money that goes into the marketing of the prime minister and everybody knows who have funded that. One of those people was given the Rafale contract.. The gentleman benefitted to the tune of Rs 45,000 crore,” Rahul alleges.

1:20pm IST

Uproar against Rahul Gandhi’s speech

Uproar in Lok Sabha as Rahul Gandhi targets PM Modi, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman over the Rafale deal. “The defence minister said there is secrecy pact with France on Rafale deal. I personally met PM of France and asked him if any such pact existed. He clearly said there is no pact,” Gandhi said.

1:15pm IST

PM Modi meets big businessmen only: Rahul

The government’s 5 slabs of GST destroyed crores of lives. PM Modi doesn’t talk to shopkeepers, he only meets the big 10-20 businessmen of this country: Gandhi

1:10pm IST

Employment, demonetisation: Rahul’s attack on PM Modi

India’s youth believed in Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The PM had said he will provide employment to 2 crore people and yet only 4 lakh people got jobs. This is the truth of their unfulfilled promises... they tell you to make ‘pakodas’ instead: Gandhi says in a scathing attack on Modi government.

The Congress president also hits out at BJP over demonetisation and GST.

1:00pm IST

Rahul Gandhi addresses Lok Sabha

I heard everything Mr Galla said very carefully. I sensed anxiety and a deep feeling of pain, and I want to tell you that from here, you are the victim of a 21st century political weapon. There are many such victims like you. It’s called the ‘jhumla strike’. The farmers and Dalits are victims of this jhumla strike: Gandhi

12:45pm IST

RJD says might consider no-trust vote in Bihar

The no-confidence motion is not always initiated to take down the government. “Sometimes it is to make the government provide answers to the public. If not in this session, we will try to bring it in the next session, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav speaks on the no-confidence motion against Bihar government.

12:40pm IST

PM Modi will form a govt in 2019: Rakesh Singh

It is no small feat that there are temples being constructed in Islamic countries such as Saudi Arabia: Rakesh Singh says, listing NDA government’s achievements. “In 2019, PM Modi will form a government again.”

Frustration and desperation are the main reasons behind this no-confidence motion, Singh claims.

12:25pm IST

Citing Ambedkar, BJP mounts another attack

BJP leader Rakesh Singh, MP from Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur, cites Dalit leader BR Ambedkar and says the Congress party didn’t do anything for the poor. It used them for vote bank politics only.

While the Congress gave India a tainted government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the country a clean government: Singh

12:17pm IST

Rakesh Singh takes BJP’s first right of reply

Galla ji said he is giving government a ‘shraap, but the TDP was already cursed when it stood with Congress, says MP Rakesh Singh.

Continuing his attack, Singh says that even today, the Congress party hasn’t accept any government that is not constituted by one family. The BJP leader another jibe at Mallikarjun Kharge, Singh says the Congress leader couldn’t be the chief ministerial face of the party in Karnataka because of one family. “In 48 years, the Congress has led governance of scams.”

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh said minorities have the first right on country’s resources. But it was PM Modi who gave a new direction by saying that first right on country’s resources is of the poor, Singh adds.

12:15pm IST

BJP protests over remark against PM 

BJP leaders, including defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, demand that a remark by a TDP MP against the Prime Minister should be expunged. The Speaker says she will look into it.

12:10pm IST

TDP says BJP ‘colluding’ with rival parties in Andhra 

“BJP has been delaying, misleading and colluding with our rival parties in Andhra Pradesh,” Jayadev Galla says before concluding his address.

Quoting Sardar Patel, Galla says he hopes the prime minister and finance minister realise that ignoring facts will be a folly.

12:05pm IST

BJP lashes out at Rahul Gandhi before his address in Lok Sabha

11:50am IST

Modi govt didn’t fulfil promises: Galla

Giving 2-3% of the required funds for Andhra Pradesh cannot be termed as keeping of promises, the TDP MP says, adding that the Modi government has given more money for statues than for states. “The farmers have given up their land to the government in Andhra Pradesh and they are depending on the governments for funding,” he says.

Galla further hits out at both the Congress and BJP for not fulfilling provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.

11:45am IST

Nitish Kumar, AIADMK reaffirm support for PM Modi

When asked about no-confidence motion, Bihar chief minister and alliance partner Nitish Kumar says Janata Dal (United) is with the Modi government.

AIADMK MP V Maitreyan says no-confidence motion is spearheaded by the Congress and DMK, so there’s no way the AIADMK will support it.

11:40am IST

‘Kindly stop misleading’ Andhra Pradesh, TDP tells Modi govt

“Mr finance minister, kindly stop misleading the people of Andhra Pradesh,” says TDP MP Jayadev Galla on government’s explanation for not giving the state special category status.

You are (Prime Minister) singing a different tune, which the people of AP are keenly observing and they would give a befitting reply in the coming polls (2019 Lok Sabha elections). BJP will be decimated in AP the way Congress was if the people of AP are cheated. Mr PM, it’s not a threat,it’s a ‘shraap’: Galla

11:30am IST

Does PM have any respect for his predecessor’s word, asks TDP  

Mr Prime Minister, do you have any respect for commitments made by your predecessor. How can we function as a nation if we can’t believe the word of a prime minister... even in future: TDP MP’s sharp address to PM Modi.

He goes on to cite the example of the Modi government allegedly “protecting” Janardhan Reddy.

11:26am IST

Shiv Sena finally decides

Shiv Sena MPs will not attend Parliament today, thus abstaining from voting during the no-confidence motion, says news agency ANI. “‘We are boycotting parliamentary work today and haven’t even signed our attendance,” says Shiv Sena lawmaker Anandrao Adsul.

11:25am IST

BJP equally guilty for Andhra’s situation: TDP

Not just Congress but BJP is “equally guilty” of the bill that hurt Andhra Pradesh: TDP

11:20am IST

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena meeting continues outside Lok Sabha

Shiv Sena parliamentary party meeting continues in Parliament building. The MPs haven’t reached Lok Sabha yet for discussion on no-confidence motion.

11:16am IST

TDP lashes out at BJP

It is not a war between TDP and BJP. It is a war between majority and morality... it is against “Machiavillian” politics and “authoritarianism”: Jayadev Galla says, adding that the Modi government has “betrayed” Andhra Pradesh.

Andhra’s issues are national issues too, the lawmaker says. In response, BJP leaders protest as the Speaker asks them to return to their seats.  

11:15am IST

TDP moves no-confidence motion

TDP lawmaker Jayadev Galla initiates debate on no-confidence motion, says it is the “most important” discussion in modern Indian history. Modi government’s performance and non-implementation is a “saga of empty promises”. 

11:10am IST

BJD walks out ahead of no-confidence motion

Biju Janata Dal MPs have walked out of Lok Sabha, following the promise of abstaining from voting during the no-confidence motion.

11:05am IST

No-trust vote at 6pm

Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan says the no-trust vote will take place at 6pm today. The lunch hour will be skipped for discussion. Opposition MPs ask her for more time to speak after reports say 38 minutes have been allotted for the Congress party leaders to address Parliament.

11am IST

Lok Sabha proceedings begin

Lok Sabha convenes to discuss and take the no-confidence motion on the third day of monsoon session.

10:45am IST

PM Modi meets Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh

PM Narendra Modi is holding a meeting with senior BJP leaders Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh in Parliament.

10:42am IST

Shiv Sena still taking its call?

News agency ANI reports that Shiv Sena MPs Amit Desai, Arvind Sawant and Anant Geete are present at a parliamentary party meeting before the Lok Sabha proceeding begins at 11am.

Notably, Shiv Sena lashed out at BJP in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, accusing it of using allies only when the need arises. The editorial also said the “no-confidence motion is not to dissolve the government, but to make it stand like an accused in a cage and peal its skin”.

10:41am IST

Insufficient time to highlight issues, says Congress

Is this time sufficient for us to highlight issues of 130 crore Indians and faults of this govt? Each party should get 30 minutes, but 38 minutes have been allotted to the largest opposition party. The no-confidence motion can’t be treated like question hour: Mallikarjun Kharge,Congress

10:40am IST

Rahul Gandhi to speak at 11:30am

TV reports say Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address Lok Sabha at 11:30am. Experts say the no-confidence motion against the Modi government can be a show for Opposition unity ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

10:25am IST

Amit Shah, BJP leaders show victory signs

BJP president Amit Shah arrives in Parliament with BJP leaders Vijay Goel and Ananth Kumar.

10:15am IST

Leaders who will speak today

Home minister Rajnath Singh, and MPs Rakesh Singh, Virendra Singh Mast and Arjun Ram Meghwal will speak from the government’s behalf on no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha today.

Party president Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge will speak for Congress, while Trinamool Congress will be represented by Saugata Roy and Sudip Bandopadhyaya. CPM leader Mohammed Salim will also address Parliament today.

10:05am IST

Two TMC lawmakers will not vote in no-confidence motion

Two MPs of the Trinamool Congress will not be present during the no-confidence motion. Party chief Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee, who represents Diamond Harbour constituency, and Subrata Bakshi, from Kolkata Dakshin (West Bengal), are busy with organising a rally on July 21.

10:00am IST

Watch: How the numbers stack up for BJP, Opposition

9:50am IST

Kapil Sibal says people waiting for ‘change’ in 2019

Ahead of no-confidence motion in Parliament, Congress leader Kapil Sibal says people have “no confidence” in the Modi government and they are waiting for a “change in 2019”.

“No Confidence: In the government... In the Rupee at an all time low of 69.05... In investigating agencies... People are waiting to vote for change in 2019.” 

9:20am IST

TRS MPs to abstain from voting?

TV reports say eleven TRS lawmakers will abstain from voting during the no-confidence motion. They are likely to stage a walkout on Friday.

9:00am IST

Three PMs who have lost no-confidence motion

Friday’s no-trust vote is the first no-confidence motion to be moved in the Lok Sabha over the last 15 years. Before this, VP Singh, Deve Gowda and Atal Bihari Vajpayee are the only three prime ministers who lost the no-confidence motion.

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8:15am IST

What parties have said so far

BJP confident of defeating no-trust vote with ⅔ support. “We will not disclose the numbers, but you will see NDA-plus in the Lok Sabha,” parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar said.

The Congress has said today’s no-confidence motion is more than a show of numbers, and the party wants to “expose” the Modi government’s “failure”.

BJP ally Shiv Sena keeps its cards close, but it has asked its MPs to remain in Delhi. On Thursday, the party withdrew its whip to MPs asking them to vote in favour of Modi government.

CPI(M) ready to join hands with opposition parties. “The party’s primary task is to oust the BJP-led NDA government, which is in the interest of the country and its people,” said general secretary Sitaram Yechury.

8:00am IST

PM Modi tweets ahead of no-confidence motion