Modi's Enemy Turns Friend, Votes Against No Trust Motion

Larry Hoffman
July 21, 2018

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"I was surprised when your own members shook my hand and said, "you spoke really well".

Launching a scathing attack on the BJP, Gandhi said that PM Modi ruled out of fear, and that fear had turned into anger now.

"It is widely known what happened to those who tried to see eye to eye with you". He took the names of Subhash Chandra Bose, Jayaprakash Narayan, Morarji Desai, Sardar Patel, Pranab Mukherjee and Sharad Pawar. "This, I've learnt because of Narendra Modi, the BJP and the RSS", he said.

"You can abuse me and call me names but I don't have any hatred towards you", Gandhi said to cheers from Congress lawmakers just before he hugged his rival. Mr Gandhi said, referring to a string of mob lynching of Dalits, once called untouchables, and Muslims by Hindu-nationalist vigilante groups. Another Congress leader Rachit Seth, sharing a short clip of Gandhi giving Modi an unexpected hug, said, "This 5 second video will haunt the BJP for posterity!" Gandhi then returned to his seat amid applause from Congress MPs, and then winked at fellow Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia who was sitting next to him. But the truth is, I am grateful to them.

"What did the Congress do with governments of Charan Singh, of Chandra Shekhar and of IK Gujral?" Noting that inflation had risen and 31 economic offenders had fled the country after taking loans from banks, he said, "Modi government misused Enforcement Directorate, income tax department and CBI". I thank all the parties that supported us in the vote today. Much before the Internet banking, the Congress invented phone banking and this caused the NPA mess.

For the first time in 15 years, the lower house of the Parliament held a debate on a no-confidence motion on Friday, moved by the TDP and the Congress, which the NDA government won comfortably.

Raising the issue of joblessness which he termed as "jumla strike 2", Gandhi said against the promise of providing two crore jobs every year, only 4 lakh jobs have been created.

Gandhi said the price per plane during the UPA regime was Rs 520 crore but when Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to France and "with some magic" powers, the price per plane increased to Rs 1,600 crore. We owe this to the people & the makers of our Constitution. (What sort of a journey is this - without a navigator, or a guide, without favourable winds and with a creaky boat?) He said, "When the Opposition had introduced the no-confidence motion, why was it delaying a debate on it?"

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