Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a blistering attack on Congress president Rahul Gandhi and said that some people are in a hurry to come to power. “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?” he said.
The PM said that it is the people who elected the BJP government and the party has the support of 125 crore Indians.
“We are here because we have the blessings of 125 crore Indians,” he said.
Modi said the previous government also could have done all these developmental work but they didn't do anything. Modi reminded the House that how farmers suffered in the past due to non-availability of Urea — an important fertiliser. It's a well known fact how farmers in the past had to buy Urea from black market. The present NDA government introduced 'Neem coated Urea' (coating Urea with Neem seed oil), so that the fertiliser could only be used for agriculture.
"The government gives subsidy on Urea to be used for agriculture only. But instead of using Urea in agriculture, it was sold for other purposes. As a result, a farmer had to use only Single Super Phosphate (SSP), because buying Urea on black wasn't possible for a poor farmer. On the pretext of agriculture, subsidy was pocketed and the ultimate sufferers were farmers. This initiative was an important step introduced by the Modi government to stop the illegal diverting of highly subsidised Urea for industrial purpose," Modi said.
"What we saw among members of the Opposition was sheer arrogance. The only thing they have to say was, remove Modi. Have some faith in the democracy, because in this House, nobody can unseat anyone. Only people elect their leaders," Modi said.
Tearing into the opposition, PM Modi said that this floor test was not for the government but for the Congress and its so-called friends and allies. No-confidence motion is a rouse to keep their flock together, he said.
Making gestures with his hands and eyes to show Gandhi's 'wink', Modi said it was clear in front of everyone what the Congress leader's eyed did and the same was splashed across TV channels throughout the day.
Referring to Gandhi's apparent slip of tongue in saying that the prime minister could not see him eye-to-eye, Modi said, "You are a 'naamdaar' (known by name) and I am 'kaamdar' (known by work). I cannot dare see you eye-to-eye."
The prime minister went on to list names of leaders like Sardar Patel, Subhash Chandra Bose, Chandra Shekhar and Pranab Mukherjee who he said tried to see eye-to-eye with the Congress and the result is known to everyone.
Earlier in the day, Gandhi had capped his blistering attack on the government with a hug to Modi, prompting a furious discussion about the appropriateness of his action.
Replying to the non-confidence motion, Modi also hit out at Gandhi's "bhagidar" (collaborator) remark, saying he is a 'chowkidar' and a 'bhagidar', but not a 'saudagar' (trader) or 'thekedar' (contractor) like the Congress president.
Rahul had said an indutrialist under a of Rs 35,000 crore was given a contract in the Rafale deal and he benefitted to the tune of Rs 45,000 crore, while asking the prime minister to answer if the Cabinet Committee on Security took the decision.
The contract was taken away from public-sector firm HAL, Rahul had said.