The 2018 Monsoon session of the Parliament has begun with a Bang! The No-Confidence motion against the Modi government moved by TDP, was discussed on the floor of the Lok Sabha.
TDP’s motion, primarily based on their demand for a Special Status for Andhra Pradesh, had received support from most of the prominent Opposition parties, including the Congress, who made it about anything and everything against Modi.
This very eventful session started at roughly 11 a.m. in the morning on 20th July (before which the PM had a crucial meeting with his most trusted party members, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari).
• The discussion was opened by TDP’s Jayadeva Galla. He accused BJP of declaring a war on TDP, a war “between majority and morality”. He added that this motion was due to the lack of fairness is BJP’s working. He further talked about the challenges of development that Andhra Pradesh was facing post bifurcation, since Hyderabad had been given to Telangana.
• Meanwhile Biju Janata Dal MPs walked out of the House and Shiv Sena informed about it’s decision to abstain.
• Important players like Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) and AIADMK announced their support to the Government.
• The first speech from BJP was made by Rakesh Singh. He questioned TDP’s call for the No-Confidence vote by reminding them that the Andhra Pradesh Bill had been steered by the Congress Party, the same party with which the TDP was now siding to blame the NDA.
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• But the most entertaining part of the session began with Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi’s speech. He began with sympathising with the TDP, explaining that it was a victim of a “very fantastic political weapon”. Gandhi said, “we are all victims of BJP’s jumla strike”.
He further went on to accuse the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of lying about India’s Rafale fighter jet deal with Russia. He also took a dig at PM’s foreign tours, the mob lynchings and India’s unsafe environment for women.
With regard to the Rafale Deal, Sitharaman responded that the Agreement of Secrecy had been signed by the then Defence Minister A.K. Anthony.
He then said, “Pradhanmantri apni aankh meri aankh mai nai daal sakte” (The PM cannot look into my eyes).
*On hearing this, PM Modi was seen laughing*
• Speaker Sumitra Mahajan reminded Mr Gandhi that this was a No-Confidence motion, and speakers could not make allegations without any concrete proofs.
• However, the highlight of the entire session was the moment when RaGa went across to Mr. Modi and hugged him out of the blue, “You may call me Pappu, I don’t hate you”.
While the Congress loyalists as usual praised the unscripted move by Gandhi, most others made fun of his Jaadu ki Jhappi! After the forced bear hug to Mr. Modi, RaGa went back to his seat and winked. Priya Prakash Varrier has some competition coming her way!
• When Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh came up to speak, he said that if the present Opposition would come to power, deciding the leadership would mean gayi bhains paani mai. He also reminded the Congress that the single largest episode of lynching was the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots.
• The BJP also moved a Privilege Motion against Rahul Gandhi for his unsubstantiated claims on the Rafale deal. France immediately spoke in favour of BJP’s stand, mentioning the 2008 Security Pact.
• PM Modi came up to speak around 9:15 p.m. He stated that the motion was a proof of the government’s democratic values, and called the move a “force test”. He talked about the importance of foreign relations and asked if everything could be handled “childishly”. He also said that Congress’s “jumla strike” remark on surgical strike was highly unacceptable.
• On TDP’s grievances, he said that Atal Ji had created 3 States and all were prospering peacefully. Congress divided Andhra Pradesh and the results are here in front of everybody! ((Read about the numberical strengths of the NDA and the Opposition)