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July 20, 2018


23:14  No-trust vote against Modi govt defeated 325-126:  
Break-up of MPs' votes on motion of no-confidence against the government.

AYES: 126
NOES: 325
Abstention: 000

Total 451 MPs voted.
23:03  No-trust motion put to vote after 90-minute address by PM:  
Voting on no-confidence motion underway after 12-hour session.

PM Modi's reply to the motion lasted 90 minutes.
22:57  PM best actor in the world: TDP MP:  
Telugu Desam Party MP Kesineni Srinivas now speaking:

"I thought for one and a half hours I was watching a Bollywood blockbuster film.

"I have no doubt PM would have been the best actor in the world," he said on PM's speech in Lok Sabha.   -- ANI
22:54  PM concludes speech; 'Modi, Modi' chants in House:  
PM Modi concludes by saying the Opposition should stop misleading the nation.

He urges MPs to reject the motion of no confidence.

Treasury members raise 'Modi, Modi' slogan.

Chaos in house as Opposition members also shout slogans.
22:45  Congress 'phone banking' started NPA mess: PM:  
PM Modi speaks on rising non-performing assets of banks:

"I want to tell you about the NPA problem. Much before Internet Banking, Congress party invented Phone Banking and this caused the NPA mess.

"A phone call would get loans for their cronies and the nation suffered.

"Loans were given over the phone in Congress rule, the web of NPAs was spread during this time," the PM said.

The PM said 'India is seeing the record pace at which roads are being built, villages are being connected, i-ways are being built, railways development is happening'.

Speaking on the incidents of violence against women in the country,  the PM said, "Any instance of violence brings shame to the nation. I will once again urge the state governments to punish those who indulge in violence."

He also said that 'this government stands with Muslim women in their quest for justice'.
22:24  TDP fell into YSRC trap: PM on no-trust motion:  
The PM now comes to the concerns of Telugu Desam Party, which brought the no-confidence motion. He first spoke on division of Andhra Pradesh:

"Atal ji created three states -- Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. It was done peacefully. These states are prospering. The Congress divided Andhra Pradesh and their conduct then was shameful," he said.

"The NDA government is committed towards the development of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, but we're bound by the recommendations of 14th Finance Commission," he said.

"I want to tell the people of Andhra Pradesh that we will keep working for them. We will do everything possible for the development of AP," the PM said.

"When TDP withdrew from NDA, I spoke to Chandrababu Naidu. I told him that just because of your internal politics with the YSRCP you are doing this. You're falling into their trap," the PM said.
22:14  How can kaamdaar look into eyes of naamdaar? PM's dig at Rahul:  
PM takes a dig at Congress president Rahul Gandhi's remark that the PM is 'looking away, not looking into my eyes'.

"How can I look into your eyes. You're naamdaar, I'm kaamdaar. I'm son of a poor mother, belong to a backward caste. How can I look in to your eyes?" the PM sarcastically remarked.

History knows what happened to those who tried to look into your eyes.

"Subhas Chandra Bose tried to see eye to eye, what happened? Morarji Desai tried, Jayprakash Narayan tried, Sardar Patel tried, Chaudhary Charan Singh tried, Chandrasekhar tried what happened to them?

"Pranab Mukherjee and Sharad Pawar tried too, what happened to them," the PM said.
22:06  Treasury benches shout 'Modi, Modi' in Parliament.
21:59  Abuse Modi, not the soldiers: PM to Rahul on 'jumla strike':  
The prime minister chides Rahul Gandhi, without naming him, on invoking Doklam and Rafale deal.

"One of the leaders spoke about Doklam. The same leader, who believed the Chinese Ambassador over our forces. What have we come to? Everything does not merit a childish conduct," the PM said.

"Due to one careless allegation in the House on Rafale, both nations had to release statements. My appeal to the Congress is please do not bring politics in national security," the PM said.

He came down heavily on the Congress president for using the phrase 'jumla strike'.

"You called the surgical strike a jumla strike? You can abuse me as much as you want. Stop insulting the jawans of India. I will not tolerate this insult to our armed forces," the PM said.
21:54  'May Lord Shiva give you strength to bring no-trust motion again in 2024':  
The PM continues:

Congress has no confidence on itself. They're surrounded by no confidence.

They don't trust Swacch Bharat, they don't trust International Yoga Day, they don't trust the Chief Justice of India, they don't trust the Reserve Bank of India, they don't trust the Election Commission, they don't trust the electronic voting machine, they don't trust agencies that give economic data.

Why? Because they don't trust themselves.

They don't know how our passport is strengthening all over the world. How the world is singing praises to India.

Taking potshots at Congress president Rahul Gandhi who called himself a Shiv bhakt, the PM said, "I hope Lord Shiva gives you the strength to bring no-confidence motion again in 2024."
21:41  PM lists work done by his govt, asks why don't they trust us:  
PM Modi's address in the Lok Sabha:

'We have the honour of working towards electrification of 18,000 villages that were in the dark for 70 years.

'Most of these villages were situated in Eastern India and the Northeast.

'Our government has opened bank accounts for the poor. Earlier, the doors of the banks never opened for the poor.

'Women are leading a smoke-free life due to Ujjwala Yojana. Toilets have been constructed across India at a record pace.

'It is this Government that is bringing a programme like Ayushman Bharat that will give top quality healthcare to the poor.

'The decision of neem-coated urea has helped the farmers of India.

'But they don't trust our government.'
21:37  PM mocks Rahul for asking him to stand before hugging:  
Prime Minister Modi mocks Rahul Gandhi over his gesture to make him stand from seat before hugging, saying, "What is the hurry to get the PM's chair."

"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? Let me tell this member it is the people who elected us. That is how we have come here," the PM said.  -- PTI, ANI
21:35  
The Opposition raising slogans during prime minister's address.

The PM speaking amid uproar.
21:30  PM mocks Opposition for bringing no-trust motion without numbers:  
Prime Minister Narendra Modi replies to the motion of no confidence in Lok Sabha.

"I request all of you to reject this motion and express confidence in a full-majority government elected after 30 years," he said.

"It is good that the country is getting to see this face of politics. How negative politics has surrounded several politicians today, they're being unveiled today," the PM said.

The PM mocked the Opposition for bringing the motion, saying they don't have numbers, they were not prepared for a debate then what was the rush to bring the motion.

He took potshots at the Opposition with a couplet, "Na manjhi, na rahbar, na haq me hawayein, hai kashti bhi jarjar ye kaisa safar hai."

The said it is the arrogance of people who say 'when I speak, the PM will not stand for 15 minutes'.

Taking swipe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi without naming him, he said, "It is a trial for getting other parties' support for his PM's candidature. But others too have ambitions." 
21:15  Rajnath's words during LS speech lack sincerity: Naidu:  
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu has found no sincerity in Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's speech in the Lok Sabha.

"It would have been good on Rajnath Singh's part if he had told what the Centre has done to Andhra Pradesh in the last four years instead of saying I am a good friend. They are signing the old tune. They are not clearly telling what they have done to Andhra Pradesh," the Chief Minister said while speaking to TDP MPs on phone regarding the Union Home Minister's speech.

Chief Minister Naidu added that Rajnath Singh has not reviewed properly before speaking in the House that what they have done to Andhra Pradesh.

"It seems they have not reviewed what they have done to Andhra Pradesh. There is no sincerity in their words. There are chances that Prime Minister Modi will also sing the same tune as Rajnath Singh. Strongly demand until they tell facts about what they have done to Andhra Pradesh.

"We consider those who did injustice to the state as enemies. For me, state interests are paramount. We are on a no compromise fight," he said.

The chief minister took to Twitter and said that it is a fight between majority and morality and demanded the provisions of the Act.

"This is a fight between majority and morality. We want the provisions of the Act and promises made to people of Andhra Pradesh during bifurcation to be fulfilled. We will not stop this fight until justice is done to 5 Cr people of AP. #APDemandsJustice #NoConfidenceMotion," he said.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha on special status to Andhra Pradesh, Rajnath Singh had said, "Prime Minister Modi-led government has always worked for the well being and welfare of the state. We have good relations with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and will continue to have a cordial equation. Many things have been sorted out for the state, but due to some issues the matter (special status category) has not been resolved."

He further added that the 14th Finance Commission has no provision of special or general category for states. He added that the Centre would assist Andhra Pradesh in all possible ways and within the purview of the constitutional framework.

The no-confidence motion was moved by the TDP over Andhra Pradesh Special Category status issue.  -- ANI
21:06  Will bring ordinance if court verdict on SC/ST Act adverse: Paswan:  
The Centre will bring an ordinance if the Supreme Court delivers an adverse verdict on a review petition filed against its order diluting the provisions of the SC/ST Act, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said today.

The Centre had moved the apex court in April seeking a review of its judgement by which safeguards were put on the provisions for immediate arrest under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The apex court had on March 20 said on several occasions, innocents were termed accused and public servants deterred from performing their duties, which was never the intention of the legislature while enacting the law.

While participating in the debate on the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha, Paswan said 'if Supreme Court delivers adverse judgement, then we will come up with an ordinance'.

Maintaining that the collegium system for judicial appointments was not transparent, the Lok Janshakti Party leader also demanded more representation of SC/STs in the judiciary, asking 'when Dalits can become IAS or IPS officers, why can't Dalits become judge'.

Paswan also said he favoured of women's reservation in Parliament and said, "I am ready for Women's Reservation, but are the Samajwadi Party and the BSP ready for women's quota in Parliament?"  -- PTI
20:49  Rahul's hug to PM was childish act: Subramanian Swamy:  
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy today termed Rahul Gandhi's hug to Prime Minister Narendra Modi a 'childish act' and said Parliament will become a 'chaotic place' if other members also start doing so.

"It was very juvenile behaviour and if everybody starts doing so then Parliament will become a chaotic place. The Lok Sabha Speaker is right as decorum has to be maintained in the House," Swamy told reporters on the sidelines of an event.

After a no-holds barred and scathing criticism of Modi on several issues including Rafale jet deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi walked across to the prime minister and hugged him, a gesture which took the Lok Sabha members by surprise.

Modi, who initially looked nonplussed and did not stand up to hug him, recovered quickly and called Gandhi back and patted him on the back.

"This is what it means to be a Hindu," Gandhi said after coming back to his seat amid a big applause from his party members, including his mother Sonia Gandhi and other leaders present.  -- PTI
20:27  Whip to support govt was issued by mistake: Sena:  
Bharatiya Janata Party ally Shiv Sena today said there was a 'mistake' in issuing the whip to its MPs asking them to be present in the Lok Sabha during the opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion and vote for the government.

"There was a mistake. No such whip could be issued by the chief whip when a decision (on no-trust motion) was not even taken then," a Sena source told PTI.

Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire's, its chief whip in the Lower House of Parliament, in a three-line whip issued on the letter head of the party on July 18 had asked the party lawmakers to support the National Democratic Alliance government during the no-trust motion.

Hours after issuing the whip, the Sena shifted its stance and said party chief Uddhav Thackeray had asked his party MPs to remain in Delhi and a final decision on supporting the Modi government would be taken this morning before the debate started.

The whip issued in Khaire's name also bore his signature.

Today, when asked by a local news channel if it was indeed his signature, Khaire said, "Somebody played a mischief."

Yesterday, he had said the 'notice' (whip) issued to the party MPs had asked them to remain present in Parliament all-day long.

"All party MPs were told that the final decision (on taking a stand on the no-trust motion) will be taken by Uddhavji (Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray) and conveyed to them," Khaire had said.

Speaking to reporters earlier today, Khaire said no such whip had been issued and the party's decision on the no-confidence motion was taken this morning.

A source close to Thackeray said the party MPs have been asked to abstain from voting on the no-confidence motion.

The Shiv Sena has 18 Lok Sabha MPs.

Ahead of the crucial discussion on the motion, the Sena, in a harshly-worded editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana, slammed the Narendra Modi government, saying those ruling the country are 'butchers, who save animals but kill humans'.

The Sena also doubted the mandate with which the Modi government came to power in 2014, alleging 'elections were won through money, misuse of power and tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs)'.  -- PTI
19:34  81 women inmates of Byculla jail hospitalised, food poisoning suspected:  
In a suspected case of food poisoning, at least 81 inmates of Byculla women's prison were admitted to the J J Hospital in Mumbai today after they complained of nausea, vomiting and loose motions, hospital sources said.

The patients included two 24-week pregnant women.

Besides them, a four-month-old son of one of the admitted inmates was also hospitalised, they said.

A doctor attending the prisoners at the state-run hospital said prima-facie it seemed to be a case of food poisoning.

Prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case Indrani Mukerjea, who is also lodged in the Byculla jail, was not among those admitted to the hospital, jail officials said.

"Indrani is in the prison. She is fine," a senior jail official said.

The admission of the inmates to the hospital started around 9.45 am after they informed the jail authorities about their health problems, the source said.

The dean of the hospital, Mukund Tayade, confirmed that 81 patients were admitted to the hospital till noon.

"Eighty-one women and a baby were admitted to the hospital. All the inmates complained about vomiting, nausea and loose motions," he told PTI.

"None of the patients are in a serious condition and they are responding well to treatment," Tayade said, adding that they would be kept under observation for the next 48 hours.

When asked whether it was a case of food-poisoning, Tayade said it would be premature to draw conclusions as it was still being investigated.

Byculla women's prison hit the headlines last year when one of its inmates died after being allegedly beaten up by the jail officials and staff as she had 'failed' to account for two eggs and five loaves of bread, which were distributed by her to the inmates, police had said.

The inmate, Manju Shette, 45, had died at the J J Hospital on June 23 and her death had sparked protests in the prison with over 200 prisoners, including Indrani Mukerjea, being booked for rioting.

The police had registered a case of murder against the jail officials and arrested six of them.  -- PTI

Photograph: Sahil Salvi
19:11  Let them deny if they want: Rahul on France's statement:  
Rahul's response to French statement on Rafale deal:

"Let them deny it if they want. He (French President Emmanuel Macron) said that before me.

"I was there, Anand Sharma and Dr Manmohan Singh were also there,' he said.  -- ANI
18:38  Chaos in LS as Kharge continues speech despite Speaker's request to stop:  
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge doesn't conclude despite repeated requests from the Chair.

The Speaker calls MP K Haribabu to speak while Kharge continues his address.

Chaos in House as Haribabu begins speaking.

Speaker on her feet to ask Kharge to stop the disruption.
18:35  Can't reveal all details: France on Rahul's remarks on Rafale deal:  
France issues statement on Congress president Rahul Gandhi's remarks on Rafale deal:

"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.

"These provisions naturally apply to the IGA concluded on 23 September 2016 on the acquisition of 36 Rafale aircraft and their weapons.

"As the President of the French Republic indicated publicly in an interview given to India Today on March 9, 2018, in India and in France, when a deal is very sensitive, we can't reveal all details," the statement says.

During his no-confidence speech, Gandhi had said, "I have no hesitation in saying that... under pressure from the prime minister, Nirmala Sitharaman spoke untruth to the people. Who are being helped? Nirmala ji, PM ji, please tell the country."   -- ANI, PTI
18:23  No vacancy for PM in 2019, try in 2024: Paswan to Opposition:  
Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, in his speech during the debate on no-confidence motion, asked Congress president Rahul Gandhi to talk to his allies if they will support Women's Reservation Bill.

Paswan's comments was in response to Gandhi's letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking him to pass the Women's Reservation Bill if he is concerned about women's empowerment.

Amid uproar, Paswan narrated how during H D Deve Gowda's government, he tried to bring the bill but it was derailed as opposition parties changed their mind during a half-hour break before the vote.

Paswan also listed the work Modi government has done in health and education sector.

He closed his address by telling the opposition that 'there's no vacancy for PM's in 2019, try your luck in 2024', amid cheers and laughter from the treasury benches. 
17:59  Rahul started 'chipko andolan' in Lok Sabha: Rajnath's potshots at Gandhi's hug:  
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday took a potshot at Congress President Rahul Gandhi's hug to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said he started 'chipko andolan' in Lok Sabha.

"Rahul Gandhi started 'chipko andolan' in Lok Sabha," said Rajnath Singh.

Rahul, earlier today hugged Prime Minister Modi after concluding his speech in Lok Sabha during Parliament's monsoon session.   -- ANI
17:50  AAP comes out in support of Rahul's hug:  
The Aam Aadmi Party on Friday came out in support of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha, saying in Parliament policies should be opposed, not individuals.

Senior AAP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said that the prime minister often hugs the heads of foreign countries so what was wrong about Gandhi hugging him in Parliament.

"Parliament is the biggest temple of democracy where policies should be opposed, not individuals. But the BJP people do not like hugs, they believe in abuse," Singh claimed.

After firing salvos at Modi during the debate of on the no confidence motion against the government, Gandhi walked up to the prime minister and gave him a hug that amused the entire House.

Singh said the opposition parties were not attempting to pull down the Modi government, instead they were trying to 'expose' its 'anti-people' policies through the no confidence motion.

The AAP had issued a whip for its Lok Sabha MPs from Punjab to vote in favour of the no confidence motion by opposition parties.

The party has four Lok Sabha MPs from the state, including Dharmvir Gandhi and HS Khalsa who were suspended for anti party activities.

"The Modi government had lost confidence of every section of the society, including farmers and youths, while unemployment and price rise have broken all the records. It may pass arithmetics test but how will it win back confidence of the public," Singh questioned.  -- PTI
17:42  RS adjourns prematurely due to lack of quorum:  
Business in Rajya Sabha collapsed today due to lack of quorum immediately after a bill seeking amendment to the Constitution was withdrawn by a private member.

Further business could not be transacted as several members including from All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Congress asked if sufficient members were there in the House to continue the proceedings.

Congress member Jairam Ramesh stood up and protested that there were only two ministers in treasury benches and no members.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel rushed out of the House to bring in some members, but his efforts went in vain. In the absence of adequate quorum, Janata Dal-United leader Kahkashan Perween, who was in the chair for the first time, adjourned the House for the day at 3.50 pm.

For quorum, the presence of 25 MPs is required in the House. There were only 23 members.  -- PTI
17:25  JUST IN: Delhi high court sets aside Jawaharlal Nehru University's order imposing penalty on Kanhaiya Kumar's in connection with a 2016 incident.  -- PTI
17:22  CBI says it has not questioned Agusta middleman in UAE:  
The Central Bureau of Investigation today said it has not questioned Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the controversial AgustaWestland chopper deal, who was arrested in the United Arab Emirates last year and was facing extradition proceedings in that country.

When asked about the claims of Michel's lawyer that he was being pressured by the Indian and UAE authorities to give a confession and name Congress leader Sonia Gandhi in his statement, the CBI refuted the allegation, saying its team has not examined him in the UAE, where he was taken into custody last year.

"Christian Michel was arrested in February, 2017 by the UAE authorities. He was not arrested this year as claimed by his defence lawyer. CBI team has neither examined the fugitive in the UAE nor influenced him to extract confession. The extradition proceedings against the fugitive is going on in the UAE and request for extradition is being followed up," CBI Spokesperson Abhishek Dayal told PTI on the allegations.

The CBI filed charge sheet in the matter in September last year, naming former IAF Chief S P Tyagi as one of the accused.

Besides him, the agency has also chargesheeted retired Air Marshal JS Gujral along with eight others, including five foreign nationals.

Michel is one of the three foreign country-based middleman chargesheeted in the matter.

The agency has alleged that there was an estimated loss of Euro 398.21 million (approximately Rs 2,666 crore) to the exchequer in the deal that was signed on February 8, 2010 for the supply of VVIP choppers worth Euro 556.262 million.

The CBI had earlier alleged that during his tenure as air force chief, Tyagi and, with his approval, the Air Force conceded to reduce the mandatory service ceiling for VVIP helicopters from 6,000 metres to 4,500 metres.

The Air Force was vehemently opposing the service ceiling reduction on the grounds of security constraints and other related reasons.

It has claimed that reduction of the service ceiling, or the maximum height at which a helicopter can perform normally, allowed United Kingdom-based AgustaWestland to come into the fray as, otherwise, its helicopters were not even qualified for submission of bids.

The CBI has alleged that the AgustaWestland managed to introduce a comparative flight trial with non-functional engine and eventually succeeded in getting the contract for supply of 12 AW-101 VVIP helicopters from the Defence Ministry mainly due to softening of the IAF on service ceiling after S P Tyagi took over as its chief.  -- PTI
17:05  Rajnath lists out what Modi govt did for AP:  
Home Minister Rajnath Singh closes by addressing Telugu Desam Party MPs.

He said they have a lot of concerns. We have tried to implement AP Reorganisation Act 2014 as much as possible. However, since it is a matter between two states, some things cannot be done until there's a consensus.

"Whatever is left to be done, will be done soon," Singh said.

He lists out what the National Democratic Alliance government did for AP, amid uproar by the TDP MPs.

On the question of special category status, Singh said there are some compulsions, but whatever special assistance is needed for Andhra Pradesh will be given.

"A special assistance package was given to AP in 2016, and there are several projects in pipeline," Singh said.

"AP government should have implemented all the projects sanctioned without stressing on special status," he said.
16:52  First case of mob lynching happened in 1984:  
Speaking on mob lynching, Union Minister Rajnath Singh says the first and biggest incident of mob lynching in this country happened in 1984.

"I condemned mob lynching and promise that if a law is needed to curb mob lynching we will bring it. But I must say the first and biggest incident of mob lynching happened in 1984. And the leader of the day said 'when a big tree falls, the earth shakes'," Singh said.

Without naming Shashi Tharoor, Singh slammed his 'Hindu Pakistan' and 'Hindu Taliban' comments.
16:42  Speaker objects to Rahul hugging PM and winking:  
Lok Sabha resumes. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh continues his address.

Soon after the House resumed, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan took objection to Congress president Rahul Gandhi hugging the prime minister and winking later.

She found it against the decorum of the House.

She said all the MPs will have to maintain the decorum of the House.

Congress MP Mallikarjun Kharge tries to explain. However, the Speaker says she is not objecting to Rahul hugging Narendra Modi, the objection is to an opposition MP hugging the PM while he is sitting in the House and then winking later.

"I'm also a mother. And as a mother, it is my duty to discipline him (Rahul)," Mahajan said.
16:29  Lok Sabha was adjourned for 10 minutes. To resume at 4.30 pm.
16:06  Rajnath: We didn't bring no-trust vote when UPA was in power :  Rajnath Singh speaking in Parliament. He says the BJP never felt the need for a no-trust vote when the UPA was in power, never felt the need to topple the government. "We accepted the fact that the UPA was in power. A no-trust vote has been moved today after 15 years. Now, the opposition knows the vote will fail, but we still accepted the motion.

Rafale allegations by Rahul are baseless, Rajnath said.
15:52  Rahul has grown old but not grown up: Ananth Kumar :  The BJP is not amused at Rahul's hug speech.

Ananth Kumar, BJP leader and Union Affairs minister said, "His behaviour was childish. He has grown old but it is unfortunate that he has not grown up. It is unfortunate that the president of Congress is so ill-informed and immature."
15:50  The quality of discourse by our MPs: Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal says,"I asked Rahul Gandhi aaj kaunsa karke aaye hai? Because he had earlier called Punjabis 'nashedis'."
15:50  The quality of discourse by our MPs: Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal says,"I asked Rahul Gandhi aaj kaunsa karke aaye hai? Because he had earlier called Punjabis 'nashedis'."
15:41  No-trust vote updates:  BJP to move privilege motion against Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha over his 'false allegations'.
 
Sonia Gandhi said she was very happy with Rahul's speech in Parliament.
15:36  Congress responds to Sitharaman: You have a flair for lying, we don't :  @INCIndia tweets in response to the defence minister's defence that in an interview to a media house in India that French president Emmanuel Macron had said secrecy should be maintained in the Rafale deal because competitors should not know the price.


"Dear @nsitharaman, here is a news item where the French President @EmmanuelMacron says that the Modi Govt can share details of Rafale deal with the Opposition. You have a flair for lying, we don't."

Here's the India Today interview.


In parliament today, Rahul said the defence minister has spoken an 'untruth'.

"The French prime minister has personally told me that there is no secret pact between the Indian and the French governments," he said
demanding that the Prime Minister must answer why this contract was given to a particular businessman after taking it away from the Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd.


"Everybody understands the relationship the prime minister has with certain people. Everybody understands the amount of money that goes into the marketing of the prime minister and everybody knows who have funded that. One of those people was given the Rafale contract.. The gentleman
benefitted to the tune of Rs 45,000 crore," he alleged
15:23  Mulayam leading SP charge :  SP's Mulayam Singh Yadav speaking in Parliament now. He is leading SP's charge for the no-confidence motion. "Everyone is distressed in Modi govt's regime. PM Modi made many promises but did not deliver. Farmer woes, unemployment, water crisis are real issues," Mulayam says.
15:17  Feel the earth shake?:  If the earth beneath your feet is shaking it's because BJP MP Paresh Rawal's prophecy.

Before no-trust debate began, Rawal had said that if Rahul Gandhi could speak with notes, without fumbling, without errors for 15 minutes, the earth would not just shake, it would dance.

The Congress president managed all three and with the hug and wink, the earth sure is dancing.

Rahul not only rattled the treasury benches, he also seemed to thoroughly enjoy himself.
15:01  BJP has dismissed Rahul's speech as mere optics without substance. 
15:00  Rahul winks after hugging PM :   The wink that will launch a million memes. Rahul Gandhi after hugging PM Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha.

But his speech was far from wink-wink-nudge-nudge. The Congress president went for the jugular all through his speech.

Known for his hugs but this was one Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not expecting.


After a no-holds barred and scathing criticism of Modi on several issues including Rafale jet deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi walked across to the Prime Minister and hugged him, a gesture which took the Lok Sabha members by surprise.


Modi, who initially looked nonplussed and did not stand up to hug him, recovered quickly and called Gandhi back and patted him on the back.


"This is what it means to be a Hindu," Gandhi said after coming back to his seat amid a big applause from his party members, including his mother Sonia Gandhi and other leaders present.


Sharply criticised for his reported remarks that "Congress is a Muslim party", Rahul Gandhi said, "Prime Minister Modi, BJP and ...have taught me what it means to be a Congress person, the meaning of being a real Indian, and what it means to be a real Hindu. For this, I thank them."


He also said his opponents may hate him, call him "Pappu" but he has no anger, hatred against the Prime Minister and the Bharatiya Janata Party.
14:57  PM Narendra Modi to speak on #NoConfidenceMotion post 6:30 pm today.
14:36  This is parliament, not Munnabhai film: Harsimrat Kaur Badal :  AIADMK's Dr Venugoplan speaking now.


Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan tells SAD's Harsimrat Kaur Badal: "Aap to muskura rahi theen' when she stands up to speak saying allegations were made against her during Rahul Gandhi's speech'. Badal says, "Ye sansad hai, ye Munna bhai ka pappi jhappi area nahin hai."
14:29  Defence minister responds to Rahul:  Niramala Sitharaman reacts to Rahul Gandhi's charge that she was being untruthful by saying the details of the Rafale deal cannot be revealed. Sitharaman said a secrecy agreement with France was signed in 2008 and Rafale deal was also covered in it. She said French president Emmanuel Macron backed the privacy clause and quoted a report in the Indian media on an interview with Macron.  

Read the interview with India Today here.
14:21  Rahul ends debate with a jaadu ki jhappi for PM:   Rahul: PM and BJP president are very different type of politicians. They simply can't afford lose power. If they do, other processes will start against them. They feel anger. It is this anger they feel that is attempting to silence every voice in India.


During the adjournment break, not only opposition MPs but also your  (NDA) MPs congratulated me and said you spoke very well. You think I have anger against the PM. I am grateful to the BJP, RSS that they made me understand the meaning of the Congress, the meaning of being Indian. I don't have any anger or hate against the PM. It is this feeling that makes us Congress, makes us Indian.


"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 said.


He then walks up to PM Modi and gives him a hug.The PM reciprocates with a handshake. This is a first in the history of Indian parliament. 
14:07  Rahul speaking in Parliament :  House back in session after a brief adjournment.

MSP: MSP is also a 'jumla strike'. Kisano ko bhi sirf jumle se lubhaya ja raha hai. Rahul says the MSP announced by the PM was another jumla as a single state -- Karnataka -- has announced a far higher MSP.


Women: Rahul quotes the Reuters report on India being the most unsafe country for women and said never in the history of India have we ever been given such a tag.


Lynching:  PM has not said a word against lynching, but his minister has gone and garlanded the accused. PM is mum on atrocities on minorities.


Constitution: Your minister has made statements that the Constitution will be changed. No one will tolerate it, but the PM is silent on it.
13:42  PM reacts to Rahul's "can't look me in the eye" comment :  PM Narendra Modi laughs after Rahul Gandhi says 'Pradhanmantri apni aankh meri aankh mein nahi daal sakte' #NoConfidenceMotion


This is what Rahul said: "I can see him smiling. But there's a touch of nervousness in the gentleman and 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.

The other attack was on Nirmala Sitharaman: Rahul said, "Defence Minister said there is secrecy pact with France on Rafale deal. I personally met President of France and asked him if any such pact existed, he clearly said there is no pact." He said Sitharaman was not speaking the truth either.  
13:39  When PM was sitting on a swing with Chinese prez, Doklam happened: Rahul:  BJP says Rahul Gandhi is violating the rules of debate by making unsubstantiated statements. The Speaker asks all MPs including Rahul to make factual statements without calling names.


On Doklam: When PM Modi was sitting on a swing with the Chinese President, Chinese troops entered Doklam.  The PM went to China and met Xi without an agenda and said Doklam would not be discussed.


"China deceived us and entered Doklam at the time.  The Indian army stood against China when the PM couldn't," Rahul said. 

The house has been adjourned after the BJP created a ruckus at Rahul insinuations of connections with the PM and business houses.

13:30  PM a bhaagidaar, not chowkidaar: Rahul :  Rahul Gandhi names Amit Shah's son, BJP MPs rise in protest. Speaker says it will be expunged.


On unemployment, Rahul says China gives jobs to 50,000 youths in 24 hours, you (the government) give jobs to 400 people in 24 hours.

Speaking about the Rafale deal, he says defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has lied to the country. He said PM went to France and the cost of the Rafale deal went up.

Sitharaman raises an objection, but the Speaker says he is allowed to take the name of MPs or people present in Parliament. Speaker says since the defence minister has been named several times, she will be allowed to speak after Rahul.


Attacking the PM on unemployment, Rahul makes a jibe at PM's statement that people could make pakodas. "Jahan jaate hain wahan rozgaar ki baat karte hain. Kabhi kehte hain pakode banao, kabhi dukaan kholo."


"Everybody understands the amount of money that goes into marketing the PM and everyone knows where it comes from. One of those people has benefited to the tune of Rs 45,000 crores by the Rafale deal. The PM must answer if the cabinet committee for security has taken this decision and explain why the businessman was favoured who has never ever built an aeroplane and a has a debt burden of Rs 35,000 crore," Rahul said. 


Rahul said the PM was smiling but it was clear that was nervous and couldn't look him in the eyes. PM is not a chowkidaar, PM is a bhaagidar, he says.
13:18  Rahul: 'Chowkidar' PM failed farmers, poor :  Congress President Rahul Gandhi speaking during the #NoConfidenceMotion debate in the Lok Sabha.

Addressing TDP MP Jayadev Galla said he is a political weapon. The weapon, Gandhi, says is called jumla strike.

Listing the jumlas (fake promises) he said, these include Rs 15 lakh in every bank account and 2 crore jobs for the youth. He has asked people to make pakodas instead.

He said currently unemployment is at seven-year high. The PM did not realise that cashless transactions and demonetisation hits farmers and the poor the hardest. PM destroyed the lives of crores with demo and GST. He doesn't understand the problems of the people.

PM only travels abroad. The PM's pic is used in Jio ads which is a proof that he works for only these 10-15 businessmen.

13:06  Congress president Rahul Gandhi speaking in Parliament now.
13:01  Country's rulers 'butchers', they save animals and kill humans: Sena:   Slamming the Narendra Modi-led NDA government, which faces a no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha today, its ally Shiv Sena said that those ruling the country are "butchers, who save animals but kill humans".


In an editorial in its mouthpiece 'Saamana', the Sena doubted the mandate with which the Modi government came to power, alleging elections were won through money, misuse of power and tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs).


"Those ruling the country today are butchers, who save animals but kill humans. There is absolute lack of compassion(in the minds of the rulers)... Winning elections and remaining in power by hook or crook is not democracy. Majority is never permanent. Country's people are supreme," it said.


The Sena, which is in alliance with the BJP at the Centre and in Maharashtra, said even the Opposition knows that it does not have the numbers to dislodge this government.


"This no-confidence motion has not been brought to pull down the Modi government, but to give it a sound thrashing," it said. "Winning majority no longer means it is peoples' mandate. It has now become a tool to indulge in dictatorship. In order to seek votes, big promises are made. They play with the sentiments of the people for political gains. But the election jumlas (rhetoric) never become a reality," it said.


The Uddhav Thackeray-led party said the mandate with which this government came to power is doubtful. "When there is a question mark on one's win, one should not talk about majority."


"Since the elections are being won only through the use of money, misuse of power and tampering of EVMs, democracy has become a mere scarecrow and the entire fight is now for saving this scarecrow," it added. Although the government is patting its back for accepting the no-confidence motion, it had no choice as it could have otherwise led to the washout of the Monsoon session, it claimed. Stating that the Telugu Desam Party, which moved the no-trust motion was once a part of the NDA and Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader Raju Shetti, who spearheaded the milk agitation in Maharashtra, was also an ally, the Sena asked the government to "introspect" why they quit the alliance.


"After 25 years of alliance, you (BJP) mistrusted us for your ego. But ultimately the ego was crushed after you faced repeated losses in the by-polls in the country," it said, adding that the BJP has launched efforts to forge an alliance. The Sena said people have been stabbed in the back on issues ranging from Kashmir to "achhe din", from reducing inflation to scrapping the Nanar refinery project in Maharashtra. The promise of "achhe din" was a hit election campaign plank of the BJP ahead of the 2014 general elections. -- PTI
12:39  BJP: Shame opposition moved the no-confidence motion:  BJP's Rakesh Singh in Parliament said it was a a shame the Opposition moved the no-confidence motion. Attacking the Congress, he said it works for one family.

"Congress gave tainted governments to India. it paid no attention to women.  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," he said.

Most of his speech is a checklist of the government's achievements.  
12:27  Here's what the AIADMK had to say: V Maitreyan, AIADMK MP: The #NoConfidenceMotion is spearheaded by Congress and DMK, so no way will AIADMK support it.
12:26  Rahul to speak next :  Rahul Gandhi up next.

Paresh Rawal, BJP MP mocks the Congress president. "Agar aaj Rahulji bina padhe, bina fumble kare, bina galti kare 15 minute bolenge toh dharti zaroor hilegi, hilegi bhi kya, naachegi."


In December 2016, a month after the Modi government demonetised high value currency notes, Rahul Gandhi warned of an earthquake if he were allowed to speak.

The government is running away from debateif they allow me to speak then you will see what an earthquake will come, Gandhi, then the Congress vice- president, had said.
12:19  Did Galla use the word 'cheater' for the PM?:  Nirmala Sitharaman asks the Speaker to expunge the word musagadu in Telugu, which means 'cheater' used in reference to the PM, by Galla. She said it is not acceptable to use such words for the PM.

Speaker says if the word has been used it will be expunged.

Galla concludes his speech after the Speaker asks him several times.

BJP's Rakesh Singh now speaking.

It may be recalled that the BJP when in Opposition had called the then PM Dr Manmohan Singh 'chor' in Parliament in 2013.

Hurt over being targeted by BJP, Singh had asked the Chair, "Have you heard of any country where the Prime Minister is not allowed to introduce his council of ministers... Have you heard of Parliament in any country where the opposition shouts 'Prime Minister chor hai'. The type of things that have been said here...."  
12:01  Statues given more funding than AP capital: TDP:  Jayadev Galla, TDP in Lok Sabha, is still speaking. He has asked the Speaker for 30 minutes more.

"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 four long years for him to save their mother.

"You're (PM) singing a different tune which people of AP are keenly observing & they would give a befitting reply in coming polls. BJP will be decimated in AP the way Congress was if people of AP are cheated. Mr PM, it's not a threat, it's a 'shraap'.


"Statues are getting more funding than the entire capital city of Andhra Pradesh. Is it wrong on the people of Andhra Pradesh to demand a better capital. The PM in front of Lord Balaji has promised that AP would get a better capital than Delhi. You have just given us Rs 1500 crore, the statue of Shivaji has got Rs 3000 crore. How is it enough?"

Speaker asks him to wrap up, since 30 minutes he'd asked for, is over.


11:52  Sena will not enter the house today:   Anandrao Adsul, Lok Sabha MP from Shiv Sena on being asked whether his party will take part in #NoConfidenceMotion debate and voting says, 'We are boycotting parliamentary work today and haven't even signed our attendance."
11:39  So, who's Jayadev Galla?:   Here's what Wiki has on the TDP MP with an Yankee accent, Jayadev Galla.Galla is the managing director of Amara Raja Group and is rated as one of the best CEOs in the country. He represents Guntur in the Lok Sabha constituency.ay married Padmavathi Ghattamaneni, daughter of prominent Telugu film actor Krishna on 26 June 1991. One of the wealthiest politicians in India, Galla declared assets of 683 crore in the 2014 general elections. His brother-in-law is Telugu actor Mahesh Babu.
11:32  It's now confirmed that the Shiv Sena MPs will not attend Lok Sabha today. The Sena with 18 MPs has decided to abstain. 
11:31  BJP betrayed Andhra Pradesh: TDP:  Jayadev Galla, TDP MP in Lok Sabha on Andhra Pradesh's litany of woes.  "The saga of Andhra Pradesh during this Modi-Shah regime is a saga of empty promises," he says.  TDP has been given 13 minutes to speak. Galla, fi you've just joined us, is initiating the discussion on the no-trust vote.

TRS MPs try to disrupt his speech.
11:21  19 BJD MPs walking out of Parliament. 
11:16  BJD walks out as debate on no-confidence motion begins :   Speaker Sumitra Mahajan takes up the no-confidence motion to be discussed house. The voting will take place at 6 pm, the house may skip lunch.

Mallikarjuna Kharge, leader of the opposition in the lower house, says it is not possible to bring up all the issues against the government in the time allotted.

Meanwhile, the BJD has decided to walk out saying the issues being discussed have no relevance to Odisha. The PM can't stop laughing.


TDP MP Jayadev Galla moves the no-trust motion in parliament.


Sushma Swaraj sitting next to her former mentor LK Advani.


Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia speaking in Parliament.
11:04  Water-logging outside Parliament House, as the session begins.
11:01  All the PM's men: BJP MPs pose outside Parliament house.
11:00  Cong miffed with time allocation :  The Congress, which has been allotted 38 minutes to speak on the no-trust motion in the house is miffed. Mallikarjuna Kharge, who will also speak in the house apart from Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia said the time was insufficient to highlight issues of 130 crore Indians and faults of this govt. "Each party should get 30 minutes, but 38 minutes have been allotted to the largest opposition party. #NoConfidenceMotion can't be treated like question hour," Kharge said. 
10:54  PM Narendra Modi's meeting with senior BJP leaders including Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh, underway in Parliament. #NoConfidenceMotion
10:54  Shiv Sena to abstain from no-trust vote:   The Shiv Sena meeting has ended. The Sena which has 18 MPs has decided to abstain during the no-trust vote.

Sena's Sanjay Raut says that while the result of the no-trust vote is a given, they will not vote against the government. "We will not vote against or for the no-trust vote. We will remain neutral. This is as per the directions of Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. The people's mandate change and we will see what happens in 2019. We don't like doing this. We need to keep relationships alive but where there is no respect, one needs to stay away. When the Sena takes a decision it creates a storm."

When asked whether they will remain with the BJP in 2019, Raut tellingly said, "Manse hum bahar nikal chuke hain."  
10:26  The MPs who will speak for the government are...:  Here's the line-up of speakers from the government: Rajnath Singh, Rakesh Singh, Virendra Singh Mast and Arjun Ram Meghwal to speak from the government on the #NoConfidenceMotion in the Lok Sabha today.


This morning, before the Lok Sabha is to take up the no trust vote against his government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called for a disruption-free and constructive debate in the House.


"Today is an important day in our Parliamentary democracy. I am sure my fellow MP colleagues will rise to the occasion and ensure a constructive, comprehensive & disruption free debate," he tweeted. He said lawmakers owe this to the people and the makers of the  Constitution. "India will be watching us closely," he said.


The Modi government is expected to have a smooth sailing when it faces the first no-confidence motion in four years in the Lok Sabha. Though the numbers are heavily stacked against the opposition, the Congress and other parties have indicated that they are keen to utilise the debate to attack the government on a range of of issues including farm distress, slow economic growth and rising incidents of lynching.


This is the Modi government's first no-trust challenge. 

Pic: Union Minister of State for Water Resources, Arjun Ram Meghwal.
10:09  PM to meet Amit Shah, senior BJP ministers at 10:30 am :   Hours before the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government will face a no-confidence motion moved by former ally the Telugu Desam Party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today will meet party president Amit Shah and top ministers at 10:30 am.

Rajnath Singh will lead the government's charge during the no-trust vote, while Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia will lead the opposition. The debate which will begin at 11 am will end at 6 pm with the house called to vote. Just ahead of the voting the PM is expected to speak. He is likely to use the platform of Parliament and give a listicle of his government's performance, and thereby lead the charge for the 2019 polls.


The PM has urged fellow MPs to "rise to the occasion and ensure a constructive, comprehensive and disruption-free debate".


Terming the day 'important' Prime Minister Modi took to his twitter handle and said, "Today is an important day in our Parliamentary democracy. I'm sure my fellow MP colleagues will rise to the occasion and ensure constructive, comprehensive and disruption-free debate. We owe this to the people and the makers of our Constitution. India will be watching us closely".


Of the 533-strong house, Modi enjoys the support of 296. He needs 267 to win. The opposition has the support of 147 MPs.
09:29  Shiv Sena to decide at 10.30 am whether to support BJP:  After keeping everyone, including its own ally -- the BJP -- guessing about whether it will support it in Lok Sabha today, the Shiv Sena has said that a decision will be taken at 10.30 am, just 30 minutes before proceedings in Parliament begin. 



Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said, "Nation is concerned about the stand of Shiv Sena. Our party will make the right decision. Between 10:30 am -11:00 am, party chief will himself tell the party about his decision."

Earlier, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had asked his party MPs to remain in Delhi, but had not finalised if the party would support the Modi government against the Opposition's no-confidence motion. 

A source said that the Sena felt that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government is walking on thin ice in terms of numbers to cross the majority mark of 273 in the Lok Sabha.

The no-trust motion will be the first since the BJP-led NDA government came to power four years ago. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan's decision to accept the motion moved by former BJP ally TDP and others came on the first day of the Monsoon session.
09:21  No-confidence motion: TRS decides to criticise the government, to stage walk-out, reports Times Now. 
09:09  Won't quit BJP before 2019 Lok Sabha elections: Shatrughan Sinha:  
BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha, known to speak against his party and the government publicly, took to Twitter and said that notwithstanding his differences with the saffron party he will vote against the opposition's no-trust vote in Parliament today. 

The BJP MP from Patna Sahib also made it clear that he has no intention to quit the BJP before the 2019 general election. "Let's not get confused. No confidence motion... It's not about numbers... not a game of quantity!! It's a game of quality, game of standard debate, discussions, deliberations, the deep thought,deep introspection & above all has to be within the constitutional decorum & framework. No confidence motion -- Hope Wish n Pray, people don't cross the limits while debating & nobody should call leaders by different names like 'Pappu' & 'Feku' The exposure, lung power & allegations would remain most important. As far as I'm concerned,so long the party has nt left me in the lurch, nor hve I left the party,though maybe high time & right time,I should, could & would support BJP as a loyal & true soldier. For the time being my vote is here, rest for 2019 elections....Yeh kahani phir kabhi."
08:40  'It's not numbers, will use no-confidence motion to expose govt's failures':  
The Congress said that the 'no-confidence motion' was more than a show of numbers and it will use the occasion to "expose" the government's "failure".

Congress's senior spokesperson Anand Sharma said his party has the support of other opposition parties on the no-confidence motion which has been brought "to show the mirror to the government", highlight the various issues concerning the people of the country and ensure that the truth reaches them.

"It is not 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.

"Our campaign is to expose them, tell the people the truth so that they are deposed for good when the general elections are there. So, this is the launch of a campaign which will eventually send them packing in 2019," he told reporters.

Sharma claimed that the opposition parties are together, except for those who were their allies.
"It is to show the mirror to the government," he said, when asked as to what did the Congress want to achieve through the 'no-confidence motion' when the numbers were in favour of the government.

The Congress has been allotted 38 minutes out of the seven hours allocated for the debate. Party president Rahul Gandhi, and leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Jyotiraditya Scindia will speak on the motion.

-- PTI
08:21  PM Modi urges MPs to rise to occasion, says 'India will be watching us closely':  
As all eyes are set on Friday's Monsoon Session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expects his fellow Members of Parliament to "rise to the occasion" and ensure a constructive, comprehensive and disruption free debate. He took to Twitter early in the morning to express his views on 'Parliamentary democracy'. 

He wrote, "Today is an important day in our Parliamentary democracy. I am sure my fellow MP colleagues will rise to the occasion and ensure a constructive, comprehensive & disruption free debate. We owe this to the people & the makers of our Constitution. India will be watching us closely."

A few hours from now, the Telugu Desam Party will initiate the debate on no-confidence in the Lok Sabha as it is the main mover of the motion against the government. 

It has been allocated 13 minutes by the speaker. Congress, the main opposition party, has been allocated 38 minutes to present its views on the motion. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and the leader of the party in the House, Mallikarjun Kharge, are likely to speak on it. 
08:06  Will it or won't it? Sena keeps BJP on tenterhooks ahead of no-trust vote:  
As the BJP prepares for its big test in Parliament today, its ally -- the Shiv Sena seems to remain non-committal about its support. 

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has asked his party MPs to remain in Delhi, but the final decision as to whether the party will support the Modi government against the Opposition's no-confidence motion will be taken this morning, a Sena functionary said.

Earlier in the day, a whip issued by the Sena had asked all MPs to support the NDA government.
"Uddhav-ji has asked all party MPs to be present in Delhi tomorrow and they will be told by the Sena president about the party's decision by morning," Harshal Pradhan, a close confidant of Uddhav Thackeray, said.
When contacted, Sena's chief whip in the Lok Sabha Chandrakant Khaire said that the earlier "notice" (whip) issued to the party MPs had said they must remain present in Parliament all day long.

"All party MPs were told that the final decision will be taken by Uddhav-ji and be conveyed to them," Khaire said.

A Sena source said the earlier whip was issued "by mistake", and it has been recalled.

A source said that the Sena felt that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government is walking on thin ice in terms of numbers to cross the majority mark of 273 in the Lok Sabha.

The no-trust motion will be the first since the BJP-led NDA government came to power four years ago. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan's decision to accept the motion moved by former BJP ally TDP and others came on the first day of the Monsoon session.
The Shiv Sena has 18 Lok Sabha MPs.
The TDP had hoped that the Sena would support its motion and had sent feelers to the Sena. 

The TDP had even claimed that on the day of voting not just the Sena, but even disgruntled MPs from BJP and other National Democratic Alliance would support the no-trust motion.
00:06  Uber driver arrested for 'misbehaving' with woman passenger:  
A 30-year-old cab driver working with ride hailing firm Uber was arrested for allegedly misbehaving with a woman passenger, police said on Thursday.

The incident took place Tuesday evening in suburban Khar in Mumbai, police said.

The driver was arrested the same day, they added.

The cab was near the Khar subway when the incident happened, police said.

The woman, in her 20s, was travelling from Chembur to her residence in Khar, a senior official of the Khar police station said.

The cab driver Sadanand told the passenger that he was taking an alternate route due to water-logging in the subway, police said.

When the woman refused, he abused her and asked her to get out of the cab, they added.

The woman then approached the Khar police station, after which an FIR was registered, the official said.

"Based on the complaint, we booked the driver under sections 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of IPC and arrested him the same day," the official said.

Meanwhile, an Uber spokesperson said in a statement that this kind of behaviour was unacceptable to the company.

'The behaviour described is unacceptable and is in violation of our community guidelines. We have been in touch with the rider since the incident occurred.

'The driver has been barred from accessing the app. We stand ready to assist the law enforcement authorities in their investigation,' the company spokesperson said in a statement.   -- PTI

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