no-confidence motion helped Congress

On Friday, 20th July No-confidence motion moved by TDP was held against BJP, which BJP won by 325-126 votes. It is the first no-confidence motion in 15 years by the opposition. But even after knowing that the motion is to be defeated why the opposition parties still moved the resolution. Below we will try to analyze what is a no-confidence motion, highlights of Rahul Gandhi speeches and objectives of opposition and what it wanted to get from the debate of no-confidence motion. Here is how no-confidence motion helped congress?

What is a no-confidence motion?

motion of no-confidence (non-confidence motion) (alternatively vote of no confidenceno-confidence motion, or (unsuccessful) confidence motion) is a statement or vote which states that a person(s) in a position of responsibility (government, managerial, etc.) is no longer deemed fit to hold that position, perhaps because they are inadequate in some respect, are failing to carry out obligations, or are making decisions that other members feel detrimental. As a parliamentary motion, it demonstrates to the head of state that the elected parliament no longer has confidence in (one or more members of) the appointed government.

Highlights of Rahul Gandhi speech in Lok Sabha during no-confidence motion –

For a person who hadn’t spoken many times in his parliamentary career like Rahul Gandhi, it would have been a bit difficult to give a good speech in Lok Sabha, but he delivered positively to the hopes of his partymen as well as to the nation. Some highlights of Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Lok Sabha are:

1 – Allegation over Rafale deal

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Rahul Gandhi hit PM Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman over the high price of Rafale planes, He took a dig on Defence Minister for lying on the confidentiality of Rafale deal.

2 – Lack of proper measure taken on Women safety, mob lynching and atrocities of Dalits:

Rahul Gandhi accused PM Modi of turning a blind eye and not speaking on the problems of Dalits, Adivasis, women security and mob lynching of minorities.

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3 – Backstabbing the youth of the nation:

Rahul Gandhi accused PM of not providing the two crore jobs every year promised to the youth of the country. He lambasted the government that

China gives employment to 50,000 young people in the span of 24 hours and here mere 400 youth get job in that Amount of time.

4 – Solidarity with the people of Andhra Pradesh:

Rahul Gandhi showed his solidarity with the people of Andhra Pradesh and addressed them as the victim of “jumla politics”.

5 – Took a Dig at PM Modi:

He addressed PM Modi as Jumlebaaz and accused him of having relation with powerful businessmen and working for them. He accused that a huge amount of money goes to the marketing of PM Modi. He claimed that “PM Modi is not the Chaukidar (watchdog) of corruption but a Bhagidar (participant) of it. He also accused Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah of corruption.

How no-confidence motion helped Congress – 

Through Rahul Gandhi’s speech during the discussion at no-confidence motion what Congress wanted was to target PM Modi over corruption, Lack of Jobs, ill-treatment of Dalit, women, and Minorities. It also wanted to connect itself to the people through the Lok Sabha speech for the upcoming election of 2019. Even if it would not have been able to defeat BJP in the lower house since it has a majority in it, but its objective can be fully summarized  in the words of Shashi Tharoor:

“The basic message is that journey is more important than destination. The failure of government were put before the nation. The outcome was predictable but the process was successful.”


  1. Congress

    Given that it was certain the outcome would be adverse, the Congress’s entire aim with the no-confidence motion was to attack the government and project Rahul Gandhi as a formidable leader. The party emerged with high morale, convinced that Gandhi – with both his confident and aggressive speech and him hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi – had stolen the limelight. The challenge for the party would be to now translate the momentum into electoral wins.

    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

    The BJP came out a winner in Friday’s vote. It beat its own target of a two-thirds majority and exceeded 70% of the house. The party did suffer jitters in the afternoon when Rahul Gandhi launched a personalised and aggressive attack. But with PM Modi’s speech, the party felt it had recovered the narrative. Party chief Amit Shah tweeted that the win was a precursor to the 2019 elections.

    Shiv Sena

    The Shiv Sena stayed out of the proceedings as well. After first deciding to support the government on Thursday afternoon, then pulling back the same evening, and finally deciding to boycott the motion and the vote entirely, the party’s swings reflects its complicated relationship with the BJP. It is an ally in government at the Centre and in Maharashtra. Yet, it is resentful and believes BJP has squeezed its space. It is not in, but it is not out yet.

    All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

    Tamil Nadu’s ruling party voted with the government. The party’s proximity to the BJP, especially after the death of Jayalalithaa, was an open secret. It has supported the NDA on key political and policy issues, directly and indirectly. It was widely expected they would abstain. But the open support will have implications back in Tamil Nadu, where AIADMK is divided and faces external challengers.

    Telugu Desam Party (TDP)

    The TDP had triggered the debate in the house with its motion. It will not be entirely pleased that the discussion revolved around a range of issues that had little to do with granting Andhra Pradesh special category status. But the fact that Parliament debated a TDP motion would help the party project to its constituents back home that it had challenged the Centre and Delhi for the interests of the state.

    Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS)

    TRS did not participate in the voting. The root of Friday’s vote lies in the creation of Telangana, the resentment in Andhra and a special category status. TRS made it clear that since the issue was Andhra-specific, they had little to do with it. But its stand would add to speculation that TRS had some kind of understanding with BJP. At the same time, TRS’ chief K Chandrashekar Rao has also positioned himself as a leader of the Federal front.

    Biju Janta Dal (BJD)

    The BJD walked out of the house. Its move was a classic reflection of Naveen Patnaik’s political style. He is a ferocious, even if understated, political warrior back home in the state. But he sees little point often in getting entangled into political battles in Delhi, with limited electoral resonance in the state. Even though BJD now confronts an aggressive BJP in Odisha, the move was seen as implicitly supportive of the government.

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    First Published: Jul 21, 2018 09:16 IST


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