Opp’s no-trust motion defeated

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The highlight of the fiery debate, where several leaders, both from the government and Opposition, spoke, was Congress President Rahul Gandhi's surprise decision to hug Modi, and then follow it up with a cheeky wink at a party colleague. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with his long speech playing out at prime time, found enough biting wit and aplomb in his rhetoric to even the scores - as he was expected to.

Continuing his tirade, Gandhi said he had asked the French president about the Indian government's claim that it can not share the price details due to a secrecy pact between India and France. I am from a humble family, you are "naamdaar", we are "kaamdar".

He also read out a list of those who had dared to look the Congress high command in the eye and what became of them - from stalwarts of the early decades to Pranab Mukherjee.

He also said, "As a sign of protest we walked out of the Lok Sabha when the no-confidence motion was taken up for discussion".

Speaking of BJP's fear of losing power, Rahul said the ruling establishment's fear of being voted out was turning into anger. "We waited for 15 minutes, half-an-hour, one hour, but nothing transpired as there was no substance in the speech", he said.

A day after the Central government defeated no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha, the Congress chief today reviewed the parliamentary process in a tweet today.

Sharply criticising the deal with the French government for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets, he said the Prime Minister unilaterally announced the deal during the visit to Paris.

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He said, "those who don't have confidence in themselves, can not trust anyone". "I will take out this hatred out of you and turn it into love", he said before striding across the floor to put his arms awkwardly around the seated prime minister. Calling it a "fantastic political weapon', Mr Gandhi said the "Jumla Strike' had farmers, youth, Dalits and women".

"Had it not been your arrogance, and had you understood the problems of the states, GST would have been implemented five years ago", he added. He not only promised the people of Andhra Pradesh that the Centre would help them with their development goals, but also rejected the charges about unemployment and corruption.

The prime minister also condemned the incidents of rape and atrocities against women and said "any instance of violence brings shame to the nation".

The opposition Congress party leader crossed the chamber during debate to give an awkward embrace to a seated and clearly surprised Modi.

Accusing the Opposition of portraying a wrong message that the government is anti-Dalit, Paswan said the change in reservation policy was directed by the Supreme Court and not the government.

"It was done peacefully".

A total of 325 MPs opposed while 126 MPs supported the no trust motion moved by the TDP, a former BJP ally, during the division after a marathon 12-hour debate. 451 members were present in the Lok Sabha and the half-way mark was 226.

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