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  1. No confidence motion Highlights: On fiery Friday, PM Narendra Modi wins trust, Rahul Gandhi confidence

No confidence motion Highlights: On fiery Friday, PM Narendra Modi wins trust, Rahul Gandhi confidence

No confidence motion LIVE UPDATES: Addressing the Lok Sabha during his speech in the debate on the no-confidence motion against the NDA government, Rahul Gandhi said the French president had clearly conveyed to him during a meeting that there was no problem in sharing details relating to the Rafale deal worth Rs 58,000 crore. Hours after Gandhi's comments, a Spokesperson in the French Foreign Ministry said France had signed a security pact with India in 2008 which legally binds the two countries to protect the classified information which could impact security and operational capabilities of the defence equipment.

By: | Updated:Jul 21, 2018 11:32 am

Congress President Rahul Gandhi today accused the government of “lying” to the nation on the issue of sharing details of the Rafale jet deal and described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “bhagidaar” (collaborator) in cases of alleged corruption, not a “chowkidaar (guard). (Photo from ANI)

No-confidence motion Live in Lok Sabha: The much-anticipated political showdown between Prime Minister Narendra Modi-headed NDA government and an apparent united opposition led by Congress began with the debate on the no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha of Parliament today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to address the House after 8pm and the voting is scheduled to begin thereafter, according to tv reports. NDA ally Shiv Sena has decided to abstain from the Lok Sabha while Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) has decided to support the government inside the Lok Sabha. BJD (Biju Janata Dal) of Naveen Patnaik has also staged a walkout from the Lower House. The debate over no-confidence motion was initiated by TDP MP Jayadev Galla. Congress’s leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has accused Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan of being unfair in allotting time to the opposition parties in the debate. Speaking in Lok Sabha, Kharge said that the discussion over no-confidence motion cannot be treated as Question Hour. Later, speaking during the No-Confidence Motion, Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacked the government on several fronts including GST, demonetisation, unemployment and Rafale deal.

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Numbers are heavily stacked in favour of BJP even as Rahul Gandhi-led Congress claimed that today’s ‘no-confidence motion’ was more than a show of numbers and the party would use this to “expose” the government’s “failure”. The total number of seats in the Lower House is 534. For the majority, one needs to have 268. BJP currently has 274, including that of the Speaker and would easily be able to see off the challenge. Shiv Sena has 18 MPs. With the help of other constituents of NDA (National Democratic Alliance), the number may touch 315. UPA, on the other hand, has a total of 63 MPs, including Congress’ 48. Other parties like AIADMK, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress, BJD, TDP, TRS, CPM, SP, AAP, YSRCP, AIUDF and others have a total of 156 seats.

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  • 18:28 (IST)

    France responds to Rahul Gandhi claim on Rafale deal

    Read full statement issed by French embassy: We have noted the statement of Mr Rahul Gandhi before the Indian Parliament. France and India concluded in 2008 a Security agreement, which legally binds the two States to protect the classified information provided by the partner, that could impact security and operational capabilities of the defence equipment of India or France. These provisions naturally apply to the IGA concluded on 23 September 2016 on the acquisition of 36 Rafale aircraft and their weapons. As the President of the French Republic indicated publicly in an interview given to India Today on 9th March 2018, « In India and in France, when a deal is very sensitive, we can’t reveal all details.

  • 17:37 (IST)

    BJP moves privilege motion against Rahul Gandhi

    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has moved a privilege motion against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for levelling false allegations on Rafale deal. The BJP has said that Rahul misled the House.

  • 14:31 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi winks after hugging PM Modi

  • 14:27 (IST)

    BJP thanks Rahul Gandhi for entertainment in Lok Sabha

    The Bharatiya Janata Party has thanked Congress President Rahul Gandhi for the entertainment which he made during his speech in Lok Sabha. 

  • 14:07 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi hugs PM Narendra Modi

    Amid his speech, Congress president Rahul Gandhi went to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hugged him.

  • 08:31 (IST)

    Numbers that matter

    Party-wise Representation Of Members in Lok Sabha

  • 08:25 (IST)

    Congress-led Opposition to stage walk-out?

    Congress-led Opposition is likely to stage a walk-out to embarrass the Modi government, as per Times Now report.  Congress had earlier alleged that people have already passed a 'no-confidence motion' against the Prime Minister  and they are only waiting for 2019 elections.

  • 08:19 (IST)

    All is not well within TDP?

    TDP MP from Anantapuramu J C Diwakar Reddy said that he would not attend the no-confidence motion debate in Parliament citing his inability to speak in Hindi and English. His decison came even as TDP had issued a whip asking its lawmakers to attend proceedings in Lok Sabha. "This is just a routine. The government is not going to fall anyway. And I cannot speak English or Hindi. So my presence or absence doesn't matter," Reddy was quoted as saying. However after Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu spoke to him, he agreed to attend the no-confidence motion.

  • 08:05 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi to take on PM Modi

    The debate will be initiated by TDP'S Jaydev Galla followed by Rammohan Naidu. Congress President Rahul Gandhi and the leader of the party in the House, Mallikarjun Kharge, are likely to speak on it.

  • 08:03 (IST)

    7-hour long debate

    Congress, the main opposition party, has been allocated 38 minutes to present its views on the motion. The ruling BJP, which enjoys a majority in the House, has been given 3 hours and 33 minutes in the debate, which is scheduled for seven hours.

  • 08:00 (IST)

    PM Modi speaks

    "Today is an important day in our Parliamentary democracy. I'm sure my fellow MP colleagues will rise to the occasion & ensure constructive, comprehensive&disruption free debate. We owe this to the people & the makers of our Constitution. India will be watching us closely," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted this morning

23:21 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
Modi WINS! No trust defeated - No confidence motion result out!
23:14 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
PM Modi wins

No Confidence Motion against NDA govt rejected as 325 MPs voted ‘Noes’ and 126 voted ‘Ayes’

23:13 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
No confidence motion result out!

1st no trust vote against PM Narendra Modi led govt fails! NDA govt wins!

23:00 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
Stage set for voting

No confidence motion: Voting to take place shortly.

22:55 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
TDP MP Kesineni Srinivas on PM Modi's speech in Lok Sabha

"I thought for one and a half hours I was watching a Bollywood blockbuster film. I have no doubt PM would have been the best actor in the world."

22:46 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
PM Modi on acts of violence

'Any incident of violence brings shame to the nation. I will once again urge the state governments to punish those who indulge in violence.' - PM Modi in Lok Sabha during no-confidence motion debate.

22:41 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
WATCH: PM Modi's attack on Rahul over 'jumla strike'

PM Modi says, "You called the surgical strike a Jumla Strike. You can abuse me as much as you want but stop insulting the Jawans of India. I will not tolerate this insult to our forces."

22:35 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
'Bad loans piled up under UPA rule'

"Loans were given over the phone in Congress rule, the web of NPAs was spread during this time." - PM Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha

22:25 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
PM Narendra Modi on Andhra

"I want to tell the people of Andhra Pradesh that we will keep working for them. We will do everything possible for the development of AP. When TDP was leaving NDA, I called up Chandrababu Naidu, warned him that you are falling into YSR Congress's trap."

22:19 (IST) 20 Jul 2018

"What did the Congress do to Charan Singh ji, what did they do to Chandra Shekhar ji, what did they do to Deve Gowda ji, what did they do to IK Gujral ji." - PM Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha during no-confidence motion debate

22:11 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
PM Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha on Rahul Gandhi's wink

"The entire country saw what the eyes did today. It is clear in front of everyone." 

22:08 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
PM Modi slams Rahul, says, "Can't look into your eyes, because you're naamdaar."
22:05 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
PM launches slams Rahul Gandhi for calling 'surgical strike' a 'jumla strike'

"You called the surgical strike a Jumla Strike. You can abuse me as much as you want but stop insulting the Jawans of India. I will not tolerate this insult to our forces." - PM Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha

21:58 (IST) 20 Jul 2018

Just because of one careless allegation in the House on Rafale, both the nations had to release statements. We should not indulge in such childish behaviour: PM Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha

21:57 (IST) 20 Jul 2018

One of the leaders spoke about Doklam. The same leader, who believed the Chinese Ambassador over our forces. Where have we reached? Everything does not merit a childish conduct: PM Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha

21:56 (IST) 20 Jul 2018

PM Modi launches an all-out attack on Congress President Rahul Gandhi for calling 'surgical strike' a 'jumla strike'. Modi says, "Country will never forget Congress."

21:52 (IST) 20 Jul 2018

PM Modi says, "Congress has no faith in the Election Commission, Judiciary, in the RBI, in the International Agencies. They have confidence in nothing."

Speaking in the Lok Sabha. Watch. https://t.co/KejEdESqGx

21:48 (IST) 20 Jul 2018

"In the morning, the voting was not over, the debate was also not over one member comes running to me saying- Utho Utho Utho..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." - PM Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha.

21:47 (IST) 20 Jul 2018

We have the honour of working towards electrification of 18,000 villages that were in the dark for 70 years. Most of these villages were situated in Eastern India and the Northeast: PM Narendra Modi

21:46 (IST) 20 Jul 2018

PM Narendra Modi says, "It is this Government that is bringing a scheme like Ayushman Bharat that will give best quality healthcare to the poor."

21:44 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
Modi govt's achievements

Citing the achievements of his government, PM Narendra Modi said, "Our Government has opened bank accounts for the poor. Earlier, the doors of the banks never opened for the poor. Women are leading a smoke-free life due to Ujjwala Yojana. Toilets have been constructed across India at a record pace."

21:31 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
PM Narendra Modi attacks the opposition with a sarcastic shayari.

"Na manjhi na rehbar, na haq mein hawayen, hai kashti bhi jarjar, ye kaisa safar hai."

21:28 (IST) 20 Jul 2018

PM Narendra Modi says this is a forced test by the opposition.

21:27 (IST) 20 Jul 2018

PM Narendra Modi taunts Rahul Gandhi, asks, "What's the rush, let the people decide."

21:26 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
PM Narendra Modi takes on Rahul Gandhi

Humko toh apni baat kehne ka mauka mil hi raha hai par desh ko yeh bhi dekhne ko mila hai ki kaisi nakaratmak rajneeti ne kuch logon ko gher ke rakha hua hai, kaise vikaas ke prati virodh ka bhaav hai: PM Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha pic.twitter.com/GtCy8ge3g5

21:24 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
WATCH: PM Narendra Modi is speaking in Parliament
21:22 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
Modi slams opposition

PM Modi slams opposition, says, "In 30 years, a govt with a full majority has to prove its strength."

21:18 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
LIVE NOW: PM Modi is speaking in Parliament

LIVE NOW: PM Modi is speaking in Parliament on no-confidence motion.

21:08 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
Modi set to speak in Parliament

Non-confidence motion LIVE: PM Narendra Modi is set to address Parliament shortly. 

20:39 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
Andhra MP Renuka Butta says that special status was promised for the state.
20:36 (IST) 20 Jul 2018

No confidence motion LIVE: PM Narendra Modi is expected to speak around 9 PM,  according to various media reports.

20:23 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
Birendra Singh, MP from UP's Bhadohi Lok Sabha constituency,  slams Congress President Rahul Gandhi

Birendra Singh, MP from UP's Bhadohi Lok Sabha constituency,  slams Congress President Rahul Gandhi for speaking lies and not maintaining the decorum of the Parliament.

20:14 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
Bhagwant Mann slams PM Narendra Modi

AAP MP Bhagwant Mann delivering a fiery speech, slamming PM Narendra Modi and promises made by BJP-led NDA government.

19:56 (IST) 20 Jul 2018

Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi during his address said, "There is only one kind of reply to any question raised on the Government's development claims - Hindu Musalman, Bharat Pakistan aur Kabristan Shamshan."

19:42 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
Sharad Yadav: People are really fed up of this government

Gandhi's speech also got support from former Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Yadav who tweeted," Sh @RahulGandhi spoke very well and honestly, as a matter of fact he narrated the feelings of every citizen of the country. I congratulate him for his excellent speech in Lok Sabha. People are really fed up of this government and I agree with what he said."

19:38 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
No-confidence motion Live: Don't trust Congress, SAD tells TDP

Prem Singh Chandumajra of SAD speaking. The Anandpur Sahib MP said that the SAD understands the pain of Andhra Pradesh and it favours special status for the state. But he said that the TDP is taking help from those who are champion in back-stabbing.

19:33 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
19:31 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
Congress tweets
19:27 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
No-confidence motion Live: 'Pandavas vs Kauravas', says Dinesh Trivedi

Dinesh Trivedi equated opposition to the Pandavas and BJP to Kauravas. He adds that "numbers may be in your favour", but the "truth is with us". He also slammed the government over Ram Mandir issue. Trivedi also took the opportunity to raise the issue of declining value of rupee. He said that the economy is in a bad condition, adding that manufacturing has shrunk and exports of goods are declining. He said that the banks are not lending loans.

19:27 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
Shiv Sena should stop the farce of enjoying the fruits of power and at the same time speaking against the government, says Ashok Chavan

Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan lashed out at the Shiv Sena for its decision to abstain from voting on the no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi Government. "The Shiv Sena should stop the farce of enjoying the fruits of power and at the same time speaking against the government of which it is a part. "If the party's opposition is genuine, it should pull out of the government. However, the Sena is so desperate for power that instead of voting in favour of the no-confidence motion, it is running away," Chavan said. The Sena does not voice grievances of Marathi-speaking people in Parliament, the Congress leader alleged. "The party stands exposed, showing that its opposition to the BJP is limited to editorials in Saamana (the Sena mouthpiece) and does not extend to the floor of the House," the former chief minister said.

19:21 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
No-confidence motion Live: Chandrababu Naidu responds to Rajnath's remark

It would have been good on Rajnath Singh’s part if he had told what the Centre has done to Andhra Pradesh in the last 4 years instead of saying I am a good friend: AP CM N Chandrababu Naidu on Home Minister Rajnath Singh's comment on him in Lok Sabha (file pic) pic.twitter.com/4OOAn68yAf— ANI (@ANI) July 20, 2018

19:18 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
Sitaram Yechury: Is India’s Parliament no longer sovereign? So the Rafale deal will not be audited by the CAG?

CPM's Sitaram Yechury said that excuses from Modi and his government must end, and now. It is a case of public money and a defence deal where we Indians must know the full facts. Has the Modi govt made India’s Parliament subservient to other countries? Is India’s Parliament no longer sovereign? So the Rafale deal will not be audited by the CAG?

19:16 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
Dinesh Trivedi of TMC speaks

Former Union minister and Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi is speaking on the floor of the House. Trivedi refers to the press conference of the four Supreme Court judges to target the BJP government. He said that judges had said that the 'democracy is in danger'.

19:04 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
No-confidence motion Live: Rahul Gandhi counters France statement on Rafale

Congress president Rahul Gandhi counters the French statement on Rafale deal pertaining to allegations he had levelled earlier in the day. According to tv reports, Rahul said that he stands by his statement on the issue and reiterated that the 'French President admitted to me and the ex-prime minister was also there'. "Let France deny all that they want," he said.

18:57 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
No-confidence motion Live: Shiv Sena welcomes Rahul Gandhi's 'jhappi' to PM
18:54 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
Hari Babu Kambhampati says GoI ready to extend financial help to Andhra

Hari Babu Kambhampati said that that the Government of India is ready extend all kind of financial assistance to Andhra Pradesh but the state government is not accepting the offer. He trashed the TDP's allegations that  the government was not releasing the funds. He said that the government has extended Rs 17,500 crore financial assitance to the state but the state government turned down the offer. He asked the Andhra government to share the details of the account, the money will be transferred into the account by 11 am on Saturday. "You are interested in name (special status tag) or financial help?" he questioned.

18:50 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
'Confusion and Comedy', Naqvi reacts to Rahul Gandhi's speech
18:48 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
Kharge says BJP indulging in 'divide and rule' policy

Speaking on the floor of the House, Mallikarjun Kharge earlier said that the BJP and PM Modi are following 'divide and rule' police. "We are supporting the TDP even if they don't support us," the Congress leader said. Kharge also attacked the government over BJP minister Anant Hegde's remarks that the "Constitution needs to be changed from time to time and we have come for that."

18:44 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
No-confidence motion Live: BJP MP Hari Babu Kambhampati slams Congress

BJP MP from Andhra Pradesh Hari Babu Kambhampati slammed the Congress for problems the state is facing today. He questioned the Congress why it had not included the provision of the special status in the law at the time of bifurcation.

18:28 (IST) 20 Jul 2018
France responds to Rahul Gandhi claim on Rafale deal

Read full statement issed by French embassy: We have noted the statement of Mr Rahul Gandhi before the Indian Parliament. France and India concluded in 2008 a Security agreement, which legally binds the two States to protect the classified information provided by the partner, that could impact security and operational capabilities of the defence equipment of India or France. These provisions naturally apply to the IGA concluded on 23 September 2016 on the acquisition of 36 Rafale aircraft and their weapons. As the President of the French Republic indicated publicly in an interview given to India Today on 9th March 2018, « In India and in France, when a deal is very sensitive, we can’t reveal all details.

The Narendra Modi led NDA government is likely to have a smooth sailing when it will face the first no-confidence motion in four years in the lower house of Parliament. As the numbers are against the opposition, the Congress and several other parties have indicated that they will utilise the debate to attack the central government over various issues including farm distress, slow economic growth and rising incidents of mob lynching. The saffron party is seeking to expand the guaranteed support of 313 members after estranged ally Shiv Sena said it will back the government.

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