NEW DELHI:A day ahead of the vote on the no-confidence motion against the Modi government, the Opposition appeared to be shifting gears, saying that unfulfilled promises and not numbers in the House, were more important. A day earlier, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had made a remark claiming the Opposition bloc had the requisite numbers to defeat the government.
“Numbers for the motion do not matter, it is the non-fulfillment of promises made by the Modi government that really matter,” Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said Thursday. “It’s not about numbers; no-trust vote is an opportunity to expose the hollow claims of the government,” said TMC’s Saugata Roy. Other Opposition players, too, shared similar views, saying that the government needed to be woken up from its slumber by reflecting the concerns of the citizens in Parliament.
The no-trust motion, a first in 15 years, comes in the backdrop of unprecedented mud-slinging between the BJP and its political rivals over the past few months. The issues likely to be raised by the Opposition parties have been in the public domain for long. But the debate on the no-trust motion will provide these parties with another opportunity to attack the government and the PM over failed promises like creation of jobs, resolving farm crisis, curbing lynchings and ending corruption ahead of the elections in five states later this year and the 2019 national polls.
Opposition lawmakers cited the Lokpal as an instance of the government’s failure to keep its promise of setting up the anti-corruption ombudsman in the run-up to the 2014 elections.“It has been four years, Lokpal is still not implemented. This is one of the reasons for the no-confidence motion,” said Sharma hours after party leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge refused to attend a meeting to select a panel for appointing the Lokpal.