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The pri­mary ob­ject of mov­ing a non-con­fi­dence mo­tion in Par­lia­ment is to prove that the gov­ern­ment has lost the con­fi­dence of the ma­jor­ity of mem­bers in the House and to make it re­sign. The sec­ondary ob­jec­tive is to ex­pose the gov­ern­ment and show its short­com­ings and mis­deeds, so much so, the rul­ing party’s pop­u­lar­ity is di­min­ished and op­po­si­tion gets the ben­e­fit of peo­ple’s con­fi­dence.

Had the re­cent non-con­fi­dence mo­tion moved in Lok Sabha by the op­po­si­tion par­ties against the BJP gov­ern­ment reach any­where in their ob­jec­tives? Ev­ery­one knew de­feat­ing the gov­ern­ment was im­pos­si­ble as the BJP had a ma­jor­ity by it­self in the House and mak­ing the sup­port­ing par­ties in the NDA to vote against the gov­ern­ment, though they were dis­en­chanted by the BJP, was dif­fi­cult.

There­fore the ob­jec­tive of the Non-con­fi­dence mo­tion re­mained to ex­pose the Gov­ern­ment and the rul­ing party be­fore the peo­ple and get ad­van­tage for the op­po­si­tion in the com­ing gen­eral elec­tions. It is doubt­ful if the op­po­si­tion was suc­cess­ful even in this ob­jec­tive. Firstly, the op­po­si­tion par­ties, mostly re­gional, were not united and their rep­re­sen­ta­tives were more in­ter­ested in ex­press­ing the griev­ances of their re­spec­tive states and how the gov­ern­ment of Prime Min­is­ter Modi failed to ful­fil its prom­ises to them than fail­ing the coun­try as a whole.

For ex­am­ple, Tel­ugu De­sam Party (TDP) mem­ber Galla Jay­dev who ini­ti­ated the de­bate on No-Con­fi­dence mo­tion, talked only of the ne­glect of Andhra Pradesh.

How­ever, the main speeches of the No-Con­fi­dence Mo­tion were the dual be­tween Congress Pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi and Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi. Rahul’s speech did point out the fail­ures and mis­deeds of the gov­ern­ment in gen­eral and Modi in par­tic­u­lar, but peo­ple noted it more for its dra­mat­ics than for the facts. He spoke elo­quently and mov­ingly to con­vince that the Modi gov­ern­ment had lost the con­fi­dence of the na­tion, but his facts were ques­tioned by De­fence Min­is­ter Nirmala Si­tara­man on the French Rafale air­craft deal. The in­ter­ven­tion and in­ter­rup­tion marred the sharp­ness of Rahul’s ar­gu­ments. How­ever, he has proved that he can chal­lenge Modi in emo­tional dra­mat­ics and stumped the House and even the PM by go­ing to his seat and em­brac­ing him.

As fore­seen ear­lier, the No-Con­fi­dence mo­tion was de­feated and the Gov­ern­ment won by a ma­jor­ity (126—325) that even it did not ex­pect. The gain for the op­po­si­tion was it could bring to­gether sev­eral par­ties in the House to pave op­po­si­tion unity for the fu­ture.

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