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New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government won the vote of confidence in Lok Sabha by a comfortable margin after a marathon 12-hour debate last night. The BJP-led NDA bagged 325 votes against the motion, while 126 members voted in favour.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his gratitude to all the parties that have supported the NDA government.
NDA has the confidence of the Lok Sabha and the 125 crore people of India.
I thank all the parties that have supported us in the vote today. Our efforts to transform India and fulfil the dreams of our youth continue. Jai Hind!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2018
A total of 451 out of 534 MPs were present and voted in the house bringing down the majority mark required to 226. Members of the BJD, Shiv Sena and TRS were not present in the House when the voting took place. Several AIADMK members supported the government and voted against the motion.
This was the first no-trust motion against Modi government after it came to power in May 2014 and less than a year before the next general elections.
In his response to the debate, the Prime Minister termed the motion as Opposition’s arrogance. He said, it is not a floor test of the government, but a force test of Congress and its allies.
Modi asserted the achievements of his government — electrification of 18,000 villages, healthcare for all, LPG for the poor, initiatives for farmers, One-rank one pension for soldiers, the flagship Goods and Services tax and the strengthening of economy. He said, without appeasement and vote banks politics, his government has been serving the nation on the philosophy of Sabka Saath – Sabka Vikas.
The Prime Minister slammed Congress President Rahul Gandhi and asked him to abstain from making childish statements on sensitive issues like national security. Modi rejected the allegations on Rafale deal and assured the House that the governments of India and France signed the pact maintaining full transparency.
On the issue of demand of special category status to Andhra Pradesh, the Prime Minister assured the House and the people of Andhra Pradesh that his government will continue to work for them and will do everything possible for the development. He said, the government is committed to the development of the state.
Earlier, initiating the discussion, Jayadev Galla of Telugu Desam Party, that had moved the motion against the government, charged the NDA regime with making empty promises to Andhra Pradesh from the time of its bifurcation in 2014.
Participating in the discussion, Rahul Gandhi had accused the NDA government of giving only lofty promises to the people.
Gandhi alleged that the government’s deal with France for 36 Rafale fighter jets was massively overpriced and its claim that details could not be revealed was an “untruth”. He said when PM Modi went to France, “with some magic” powers, the price per plane increased to Rs. 1,600 crore, much more than Rs. 520 crore when the Congress was in power.