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No-confidence motion against Modi govt defeated by 325-126 votes

Spl. Correspondent & Agencies NEW DELHI, JUL 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/21/2018 12:55:11 AM IST
Spl. Correspondent & Agencies

NEW DELHI, JUL 20 (NPN): It was a no-contest from the beginning since the opposition did not have even half the number of MPs as the NDA in Lok Sabha and this was proved when the NDA government won the vote on No Confidence Motion initiated by the TDP by a huge majority of 325 votes against the motion while the combined opposition polled only 126 votes for the motion with 451 MPs present in the House.
Members of the Shiv Sena, BJD and TRS were not present in the House when the voting took place. Several AIADMK members opposed the motion, in a boost to the NDA. Replying to an over 10-hour debate on the motion, Modi appealed to all parties to defeat it and accused the Congress president of “crushing” the truth and “playing with national security” by making allegations against him on the Doklam issue and by speaking of graft in the Rafale aircraft deal.
Hours after Gandhi left everyone surprised by walking across to the Prime Minister’s chair to hug him, Modi sought to turn the tables on him, saying he appeared to be in a hurry to occupy his seat as he kept asking him to stand up for an embrace.“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.
The whole country has watched the game he played with his eyes, Modi said, evoking laughter from treasury benches as he gestured with his hands, apparently referring to Gandhi’s wink in the House following his speech.
If Gandhi kept Modi in his line of fire through his speech, it was the turn of the Congress’ ruling family when the prime minister spoke.
“The country is not unaware of the history of one family which stoked political instability in the country time and again for its selfish interests,” he said.
Earlier, Rahul led the charge for the Congress when he targeted prime minister Narendra Modi but could not deliver the punch and instead landed in controversy over his claim that French president Macron denied any ‘confidential clause’ in the Rafale jet deal.
Rahul had attacked the Modi government for renegotiating the price of the French jet from Rs.520 crore by the UPA government to Rs.1600 crore each by the Modi government. 
In the end, the opposition charge ended on a light note after Rahul ended his rhetorical speech by walking to the other side and hugging Modi who was taken aback and unprepared for such a show.
BJP move privilege motion against Rahul
BJP on Friday moved a privilege motion against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for what it termed the “baseless allegations” against the government over the Rafale deal during the debate on the “no-confidence motion” initiated by the Telugu Desam Party.
Prahlad Joshi, MP, sent the notice on behalf of the party. “... [H]e [Rahul] made serious, baseless and wild allegations against the government and particularly against the Prime Minister with regard to the Rafale deal,” Joshi said in a statement.

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