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No-confidence motion debate: In four years, we haven’t had a single terror attack, says Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh responds to the Opposition's remarks during a debate on the no-confidence motion against the government, in the Lok Sabha on Friday, July 20, 2018.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh responds to the Opposition's remarks during a debate on the no-confidence motion against the government, in the Lok Sabha on Friday, July 20, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Lok Sabha TV

“Today, we are the majority in the House. Not a single party had the numbers to bring a no-confidence motion on its own,” says Home Minister.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that in the four years since the BJP took charge of the country's governance, there hadn’t been a single terror attack.

Speaking during the debate on the no-confidence motion brought against the government by the TDP, Mr. Singh said that insurgency and terrorism had come down on the NDA government’s watch.

This led to objections from the Opposition, and Mr. Singh added: “More Naxals have been killed than security forces under this rule.”

Rajiv Gandhi's remark

Mr. Singh recalled an incident three decades ago, when Rajiv Gandhi pointed at the BJP and remarked, “Hum do, hamare do.” The Home Minister said: “Today, we are the majority in the House. Not a single party had the numbers to bring a no-confidence motion on its own.”

He said, “We won with two-thirds majority in Tripura. The people who brought the no-confidence motion haven’t learnt the mood of the nation. When we were in the Opposition for 10 years, we never thought of bringing a no-confidence motion since we respected the people’s mandate. We respect the Opposition and that is why we heeded to their demands and accepted the no-confidence motion. This government has the mandate of people.”

Mr. Singh asked the Opposition if they were bringing a no-confidence motion against a Prime Minister “on whose appeal millions of Indians voluntarily gave up LPG subsidy and subsidies on railways.”

The Minister went on to claim credit for the establishment of the ‘world’s largest mobile phone factory’ in Noida.

When Samajwadi Party and Congress members objected to his claim and stated that they were responsible for this, he said: “I agree, but we increased the capacity to make it the largest firm.”

The Home Minister, who is the Ghaziabad MP, praised the government’s efforts to nab fugitive economic offenders by bringing a Bill against them.

This Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, July 19, 2018.

“The late Rajiv Gandhi remarked that for every one rupee alloted by the Centre, only 15 paise reached the common man. Today, thanks to the direct benefit transfer, the entire money reaches the beneficiary,” he said.

After a brief disruption, when the House reconvened, Mr. Singh called Mr. Rahul Gandhi’s gesture of hugging the Prime Minister “Chipko Andolan.”

Rahul's hugging of PM against House decorum, says Speaker

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan agreed that it was against the decorum of the House, and Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge objected to the Speaker’s remarks. Ms. Mahajan said she wasn’t against hugging, but the manner in which it happened was not parliamentary behaviour.

Mr. Singh jokingly remarked that he would hug Mr. Kharge after his speech. Continuing his speech, Mr. Singh took potshots at Mr. Gandhi’s statements on democracy. “Mr. Gandhi should have read history before making remarks. He spoke about Karnataka. India's democracy is older than Britain’s. Basavanna held assembly in 12th century. Gram sabhas were held in Thanjavur,” he claimed.

“People who carried out anti-Sikh riots are teaching lessons on mob lynching,” said Mr. Singh. He was referring to the 1984 riots against Sikhs after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assasination.

Mr. Singh also spoke about ‘Hindu Taliban’ remark without naming Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. “Don’t incidents of chopping Kerala professor’s hands by Islamic fundamentalists or attacks in Kashmir remind you of Taliban” he asked.

“We are a secular country, don’t break it,” he warned the Opposition.

The Minister said that only Mr. Modi had the credentials to understand the poor and bring out schemes like raising the minimum support price for farmers. “This can only be done by someone who was born to a poor woman,” he said.

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