Signs of unease
The events before the no-confidence debate and after it show how the BJP is concerned about the cracks appearing in its alliance in the run-up to the general election.
THERE is little doubt that the most enduring image of the 2018 monsoon session of Parliament will be of Congress president Rahul Gandhi walking across the aisle of the Lok Sabha and hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The unique and unprecedented gesture had manifold significance. To start with, it marked the finale of, arguably, the most spirited attack by the principal opposition party on the Bharatiya Janata Party (Bjp)-lednational Democratic Alliance (NDA) government during its reign of four-plus years. The conduct of the government was arraigned by Rahul Gandhi on a number of counts, including corruption in a defence deal. He asserted that the Prime Minister was not able to look him in the eye on account of his involvement in questionable affairs. He also came up with the warning that the hoodwinking (“jumla”) tactics of the government could not fool people for long.
Equally importantly, the act of the hug and the proclamations that accompanied it were essentially a reiteration of the Gandhian ethos, which is one of the primary guiding principles of the Congress party. In asserting that he would always respond to the expressions of hatred and lampoonery against him with love and regard and in following it up
PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI gestures as Congress president Rahul Gandhi walks away after hugging him in the Lok Sabha during the debate on the no-confidence motion in Parliament on July 20.