Rahul Gandhi Gains Confidence in No-Confidence Motion

Congress President Rahul Gandhi with his mother Sonia Gandhi (file photo). Courtesy: Congress
Congress President Rahul Gandhi with his mother Sonia Gandhi (file photo). Courtesy: Congress

Among other issues such as farmers’ distress, mob lynching, attacks on women, and unemployment, Rahul Gandhi particularly brought up the issue of corruption in Rafale deal.

By Rakesh Raman

After a day-long discussion on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government defeated the no-confidence motion against it in the Lok Sabha (the Lower House of the Parliament of India). Only 126 members supported the motion while 325 rejected it.

However, Congress could see a victory in the defeat of the motion, as Congress president Rahul Gandhi delivered a fiery speech during the discussion that left Modi and his colleagues dumbstruck.

Attacking the Modi government for its massive corruption, the Congress president said Modi who promised to be a Chowkidar (guard of government assets) has become a Bhagidaar (partner in corruption).

Among other issues such as farmers’ distress, mob lynching, attacks on women, and unemployment, Rahul Gandhi particularly brought up the issue of corruption in Rafale deal.

He has alleged that PM Modi is personally involved in the deal in which kickbacks worth thousands of crores of rupees have been paid. Earlier, he had ridiculed Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s remarks that her government will not disclose the details of the Rafale deal.

In his Parliament speech, the Congress president also attacked Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Amit Shah for his son Jay Amitbhai Shah’s unprecedented business success. It is alleged that Jay’s company Temple Enterprise recorded a 16,000 times growth in the year following the election of Narendra Modi as prime minister and his father grabbing the post of BJP president.

In his concluding remarks, Rahul Gandhi said he will conquer the hatred being spread by BJP with his love, and he gave a practical demonstration of his assertion when after his speech he went and hugged PM Modi.

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Earlier, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had accepted the no-confidence motion against the Modi-led NDA government. A no-confidence motion is introduced in the Lok Sabha. The motion is admitted for discussion when a minimum of 50 members of the House support the motion.

The House debates and votes on the motion. If a majority of the members of the House vote in favour of the motion, the motion is passed and the government is asked to vacate the office.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society.

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