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No-confidence motion: Opposition is scared of Modi’s popularity, says BJP

BJP lawmaker Rakesh Singh said during the no-confidence motion debate that the Opposition was desperate and that there was no reason for moving the motion.

india Updated: Jul 20, 2018 17:24 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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BJP leader Rakesh Singh speaks in the Lok Sabha on 'no-confidence motion' during the Monsoon Session of Parliament on Friday.(PTI Photo)

The Bharatiya Janata Party said on Friday a “desperate” opposition moved the no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government as it was scared of losing the general elections next year and accused Congress president Rahul Gandhi of propagating lies and indulging in drama.

“Different political parties are coming together to form a temporary front on the basis of secularism. But this is not the truth since there have been no changes to the Constitution. The truth is that the opposition is scared of the Prime Minister’s popularity,” BJP lawmaker Rakesh Singh said.

“We do not see any reason for moving this motion. The NDA (National Democratic Alliance) will come back to power in 2019. That is why the motion has been moved,” the member of Parliament from Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh said while debating the motion in the Lok Sabha.

The opposition was driven by the greed for power, he said.

Singh said the Modi government had implemented various schemes effectively and brought positive changes to the lives of people and that no efforts had been made to alleviate poverty in the last 70 years, including 48 years of Congress rule.

Several leaders of the ruling party also criticised Gandhi for his attack on the government.

“We all have witnessed the lies propagated by Rahul Gandhi in the 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 said.

“Rahul Gandhi should be ashamed, he can’t target our ministers without any proof. He was doing drama in the house and hugging Modi ji. I think his next step will be Bollywood. We will have to send him there,” Kirron Kher, BJP lawmaker, said.

Gandhi attacked the government over unfulfilled promises and “jumla strike” during the ongoing debate over the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha. The Congress leader peppered his hour-long speech with constant barbs at Modi, who, he alleged, “cannot look me in the eye” as the Prime Minister smiled and looked straight at Gandhi.

The Congress leader brought up demonetisation, goods and service tax, farmers’ issues and also spoke at length about the Rafale deal.

“Rafale (fighter aircraft) cost Rs 520 crore during UPA rule. Don’t know whom Modi spoke to, but by magic the price went up to Rs 1,600 crore. Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman cited a secrecy pact to not reveal the price” he said.

“I met the French president and he said that there is no such pact of secrecy. He said you can say this to India. Under Modi’s pressure, Nirmala Sitharaman has said the untruth,” he added.

The BJP has said it will move a privilege motion against Gandhi “for putting forth falsehood and misleading the Parliament”, senior minister Ananth Kumar said.

“His 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,” the minister added.

Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to reply to the debate at 6pm. The BJP has the numbers to defeat the first no-confidence motion it faces in four years since it stormed to power but the party, which leads the ruling National Democratic Alliance, wants to win two-thirds of the vote in a show of strength.

First Published: Jul 20, 2018 16:59 IST