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The ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Opposition will debate the motion, moved against the BJP by its former ally the Telegu Desam Party (TDP).Reuters file

Friday, July 20, was a big day at the Parliament as the Modi-led government faced its first no-confidence motion in four years. The ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Opposition debated the motion moved against the BJP by its former ally Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

The Opposition geared up for a major discussion as it was believed that the ruling party will demolish the Opposition, not just by proving the numbers but doing it in the way that will be Prime Minister Narendra Modi's launch pad for the 2019 general election campaign. 


  • Congress President Rahul Gandhi rebuts Rafale debate and said 'let France deny my claim. I stand by my statement.'
  • Gandhi's Rafale strike backfires as France releases statement. "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.."
  • The statement further added: "These provisions naturally apply to the IGA concluded on 23 September 2016 on the acquisition of 36 Rafale aircraft and their weapons."
  • Congress leader Randeep Surjewala backed Rahul Gandhi and said that a "Jaadu ki Jhappi can stop the winds of hatred."
  • Union Minister Rajnath Singh addressed the topic of mob lynchings in India. He said that the biggest case of mob lynching happened during the 1984 Sikh genocide.
  • Lok Sabha speaker calls for co-operation in the Parliament.
    "Yeh samajh lo ki sadan ki garima humein hi rakhni rahi, koi bahar ka aakar nahi rakehega.Humein apni garima bhi rakhni hai as a parliament member. Mein chahti hun ki tum sab log prem se raho. Mere dushman nahi hain, Rahul ji, bete jaise hi lagte hain," ANI quoted Sumitra Mahajan as saying.
  • Congress leader Ahmed Patel has said that it will ne difficult for BJP to answer the questions asked by Rahul Gandhi.
  • While a few people on Twitter is making fun of Rahul Gandhi unexpectedly hugging PM Modi, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala has defended him.
  • Congress leaders like Rajiv Satav is of the opinion that Friday (July 20) is the day when Rahul's speech will shake the earth.
  • BJP to move privilege motion against Rahul Gandhi for "lying" and "misleading" the house. 
  • Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav speaks 
  • Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said that Rahul Gandhi's speech was a "game-changing" one.
  • AIADMK MP Ponnusamy Venugopal addresses Lok Sabha
  • "Defence Minister has clearly misled the Nation by giving a wrong statement that India and France has a secret pact of secrecy as exposed by Rahul Gandhi. She must resign," says Congress leader Digvijaya Singh 
  • Rahul Gandhi winks after hugging Modi 
  • Smriti Irani reacts to Rahul Gandhi's speech 
  • "We all have witnessed the lies propagated by Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha today. He had absolutely no proof but only political negative rhetoric and that itself has cost him in every election that he has fought:" Union Minister Smriti Irani
  • Secrecy agreement with France was signed in 2008 and Rafale deal was also covered in it: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
  • Defence minister talks about Rafale deal, says the secrecy pact was signed by then defence minister AK Anthony
  • Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks.
  • Aap logon ke andar mere liye nafrat hai, aap mujhe Pappu aur bohot gaaliyan dekar bula sakte hain, lekin mere andar aapke liye nafrat nahi hai: Rahul Gandhi.
  • During the adjournment break, not only opposition MPs but also your(NDA) MPs congratulated me and said you spoke very well: Rahul Gandhi
  • Modi doesn't speak of lynchings or crime against women, he says 
  • "This is the first time that women safety is in such bad conditions. There are reports of attacks on Dalits, Adivasis, minorities. The prime minister never says a word about them. Are they not a part of our country? Instead, their ministers go and garland the convicts. There is an Indian getting beaten in every corner, but the pm stays mum."
  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu lauded his Guntur MP Jayadev Galla for "comprehensively exposing injustice done to Andhra Pradesh" during motion of no confidence.
  • The house has resumed 
  • After uproar over Rahul Gandhi's speech, Lok Sabha adjourned until 1.45 pm 
  • Rahul Gandhi comments on Modi. "I can see him smiling. But there's a touch of nervousness in the gentleman & he is looking away from me. I can understand that. He cannot look into my eyes, I can see that because the Prime Minister has not been truthful," he said.
  • Modi seemed amused at his remark 
  • When Gandhi asked the French president about the secrecy, he was reportedly told that there was no such pact 
  • Rahul Gandhi also spoke about the Rafale deal and said that Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman spoke about the deal and said she will tell the nation about the cost. She later backtracked and said that the pact had a secrecy clause. 
  • Everybody understands and sees the amount of money which goes into the marketing of the Prime Minister of India: Rahul Gandhi
  • Rahul Gandhi takes a dig at Modi's foreign trips, says PM said he was a watchman but goes and meets Obama and Trump.
  • "Prime Minister Narendra Modi only talks to suit boot wale bade businessmen. Those who earned money with medium and small businesses, you robbed them. It's a reality that you can't change. You go and help bigwigs, but when it comes to poor, you fail to do anything," says Rahul Gandhi.
  • Demonetisation crushed the poor and the GST was badly implemented: Rahul Gandhi 
  • "I heard Mr Galla's speech very carefully, I listened to everything you said. And I sensed a certain anxiety, a deep feeling of pain. And I want to tell you from here that you are the victim of a 21st-century political weapon. Very fantastic political weapon," Gandhi said
  • Congress president Rahul Gandhi begins speech 
  • BJP lists out its achievements in different states 
  • Frustration and desperation are the main reasons behind this no-confidence motion: Rakesh Singh
  • "For the first time, an Islamic-country like Saudi Arabia saw temples being built under Modi's regime. We have even fought bravely with China," Singh said.
  • Singh also spoke about the coalition government in Karnataka
  • "This time no-confidence motion is distinct from all other motions of no confidence till now. For the first time, we are seeing a no-confidence motion against a government that is working so well for the country. We recently saw Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy shed tears and say that he has gulped poison in order to form the coalition. I am not sure how many parties have to do the same if they support the motion," says Rakesh Singh
  • BJP slams red-tape under Congress government.
  • Manmohan Singh said minorities have the first right on country's resources. However, PM Modi gave new direction by saying that first right on country's resources is of the poor: Rakesh Singh
  • Rakesh Singh has lashed out at Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi. "In total they have ruled for 48 years after Independence. Even the credit for Manmohan Singh's 10-year rule goes to Sonia Gandhi. It was a government of scams," he says.
  • Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge slammed Singh for his words, but the latter retorted: "Why are you speaking for a party due to which you were unable to become the chief minister of Karnataka."
  • Rakesh Singh says, "It is not our aim to strangle other parties in our democracy. We want to democracy strengthened."
  • AIADMK not supporting no-confidence motion 
  • BJP accuses TDP of hypocrisy 
  • Uproar in Lok Sabha over a word that the TDP used for PM Modi. 
  • Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman demands that the word be expunged from records
  • Rakesh Singh begins debate 
  • TDP asks for more time, Mahajan asks BJP to begin debate 
  • Madhya Pradesh BJP chief Rakesh Singh will speak next 
  • Galla was allotted 13 minutes, and he has been speaking for over 40 minutes. 
  • The Guntur MP is a renowned businessman and one of the highest rated CEOs. 
  • Congress president Rahul Gandhi arrives in parliament.
  • Paresh Rawal takes a dig at Rahul Gandhi.
  • "We want Rahul to speak for 15 minutes without reading from paper, and the earth will definitely shake," News18 quoted him as saying.
  • "You can't fool all of the people all of the time," Galla told Finance Minister Piyush Goyal.
  • "Hum log sarkar ke saath hain (we are with the government)," says Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on being asked JDU's stand. 
  • TDP's Jayadev Galla asks for 30 more minutes, speaker Sumitra Mahajan refuses 
  • Mr Modi while campaigning in Andhra Pradesh had said 'Congress killed the mother & saved the child. Had I have been there, I would have saved the mother too'. People of AP have waited for 4 long yrs for him to save their mother: Jayadev Galla, TDP in Lok Sabha
Jayadev Gall of TDP
Jayadev Gall of TDP speaks in the ParliamentANI
  • "The option to vote for Andhra Pradesh lies open now. You want to vote for a clean, corruption-free Andhra Pradesh by voting for us or choose to go for the rival opposition party and push Andhra Pradesh into corruption. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whom we trusted so dearly has deceived the state," says TDP's Jayadev Galla.
  • Parliament strength stands at 496 
  • TRS slams TDP for its comment on how BJP is biased towards Telangana
  • "When we have to compare our standard of living, we have to compare it with our neighbours not those on the other side of the town," Galla said. "Most of the wealth was generated in Hyderabad. Now, due to the unscientific bifurcation, Telangana with a smaller population got Hyderabad"
  • Andhra Pradesh is a new state with old name. We need help, but the BJP is throwing challenges at us, says TDP. 
  • TDP-TRS clash in Parliament hinting that there is no unity in the Opposition 
  • Shiv Sena MPs will not attend Lok Sabha today
  • "Funds given to Andhra Pradesh lesser than others," says TDP. Targets BJP and Congress 
  • Shiv Sena MPs yet to reach Lok Sabha 
  • TDP thanks Opposition for support 
  • The saga of Andhra Pradesh during this Modi-Shah regime is a saga of empty promises: Jayadev Galla.
  • Jayadeva Galla from TDP opens the debate.
  • Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has asked for extended time to speak.
  • "The entire nation is listening to us in the House today. It's a very important motion and we should not restrict it by time limits. Even in the past there were discussions which went on for two days, there is a precedent," Kharge said.
  • No lunch break today 
  • Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan has said that the trust vote will take place at 6 pm 
  • The BJD has walked out of the Parliament. Lok Sabha strength now 514. 
  • Opposition bickers over time allotment, Congress alleges discrimination 
  • Lok Sabha proceedings begin 
  • NDA speakers -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Madhya Pradesh BJP leader Rakesh Singh and Kisan Morcha chief Virendra Singh, Meenakshi Lekhi, Akali Dal's Harsimrat Kaur and LJP's Ram Vilas Paswan.
  • Shiv Sena to abstain from voting during no-confidence motion.
  • Modi is now said to be meeting the ministers of the party to discuss the trust vote. 
  • PM Modi has reached the Parliament 
  • BJP President Amit Shah has also arrived 
  • While the debate for the trust vote will begin soon, heavy rains are lashing New Delhi and waterlogging has been reported near the Parliament.
  • Congress president Rahul Gandhi is likely to be the first speaker from the party. The Congress has 38 minutes to put its points forward. 
  • The last time the Parliament witnessed a no-confidence motion was on August 19, 2003. 
  • The debate was against the NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The motion was moved by Sonia Gandhi and Vajpayee had won by one vote
  • BJP chief Amit Shah will address the cabinet ministers at 10:15 am.
  • After saying that Shiv Sena would take part in the debate and support the BJP,  the party is said to have withdrawn a whip to its lawmakers to vote in favour of the government.
  • "Discussions will start at 11 am today. Nation is concerned about the stand of Shiv Sena. Our party will make the right decision. Between 10:30 -11:00 am, party chief will himself tell the party about his decision," Raut told ANI. 
  • Now, Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena has said that the final decision will be taken between 10.30 am and 11 am. 
  • The TRS too is likely to follow suit and stage a walkout, according to reports. 
  • Earlier, party MP B Vinod Kumar had said TRS would participate in the debate in the Lok Sabha.
  • News18 reported that the Congress may stage a walkout after Modi's speech, due to which the procedure may not be carried out
  • Meanwhile, several parties have said that the trust vote might not take place on July 20, as many are planning to stage a walkout. 
  • The Congress has said that it is ready for the debate and is looking forward to "expose the government."
  • Speaking of the trust vote, Congress leader Anand Sharma said that it wasn't "only a question of numbers."
  • "We will use the occasion to expose the government and raise various issues concerning the people of the country and tell the truth to the people," NDTV quoted him as saying. 
  • Meanwhile, PM Modi has said that he is looking forward to a constructive debate. 
  • Here's the slot 
  1. BJP: 3 hours 33 minutes
  2. Congress: 38 minutes
  3. AIADMK: 29 minutes
  4. Trinamool Congress: 27 minutes
  5. Biju Janata Dal: 15 minutes
  6. Shiv Sena: 14 minutes
  7. Telugu Desam Party: 13 minutes
  8. Telangana Rashtra Samithi: 9 minutes
  9. CPI(M): 7 minutes
  10. SP: 6 minutes
  11. NCP: 6 minutes
  12. LJSP: 5 minutes
  • The time given to each party to debate depends on the number of existing MPs in the party.
  • While the BJP will get 3 hours and 33 minutes to put forward its points, the Congress had been alloted 38 minutes for the same.
  • This includes 274 members of the BJP, 18 of Shiv Sena, six of LJP and four from Shiromani Akali Dal.
  • The NDA at present has 312 members in the 535-member Lok Sabha
  • To defeat the no-confidence motion, the BJP will require to gain a mark of 268 votes.
  • The no-confidence motion was moved by the TDP on Wednesday, July 18, as a part of its demand for special status for Andhra Pradesh.