After a dramatic day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his speech over the no-confidence motion introduced by the TDP in the Parliament. But Modi ignored the TDP and targeted the Congress in his counter attack. Amid loud protests by the TDP MPs, Modi started his speech, terming the no-confidence motion a "strength to the democracy".
Modi requested all the house members to reject the no-confidence motion and stand by a government that was put in place after getting a full majority.
Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi' Jaadu Ki Jhappi and the amusing wink that followed, Modi said that he was surprised at Rahul Gandhi's excitement to come and hug him. "What is the hurry? You should trust the people in a democracy," Modi said, mocking Rahul Gandhi's ambition to become the PM in 2019.
"Some people said that I can't stand for at least 15 minutes. But here I am, standing and proud of my work. Remember, nobody can decide who should sir or stand, it's the country that decides," said Modi.
'This is not a floor test for our government, but it is a floor test for the Congress and its so-called friends and allies. The only aim of this motion is to remove a single Modi.'
'4 years ago, we started our governance with the motto 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas'. We have the numbers (to pass the floor test) and the blessings of 125 crore people.'
Poking fun at Rahul Gandhi's wink theatrics that stole the entire nation's attention, Modi said that the country today saw quite a lot of eye movement. Attacking Rahul directly, Modi said, "You are 'naamdar', I am only a 'kaamdar', how can I ever dare to see you eye to eye. I was born into a lower caste, in a poor family."
Modi then gave a sharp response to Rahul Gandhi's allegations on Modi government's corruption in the Rafael deal. "Both the nations (India and France) were forced to issue statements over this childish behavior," Modi said, terming Rahul's behavior 'childish'.
'Telugu meri maa hai' Modi said, in a bid to counter the TDP MPs who were protesting in the house.
Andhra Pradesh's bifurcation was for political benefits. Chandrababu and KCR were earlier fighting over the bifurcation. But TRS displayed some maturity.
NDA respects Andhra people's aspirations. But we have to understand that the government is tied by the Finance Commission's recommendations. Even Andhra Pradesh CM had accepted the special package in 2016. But they (TDP) are coming under YSRCP's influence.