"BJD and the TRS walked out", he said.
He called the no-trust motion the work of Congress arrogance and slammed the party for not "trusting" the programmes and initiatives of his government and institutions like the Chief Justice of India, Reserve Bank of India and EVMs. The AIADMK has 37 MPs.
There were three motions against Lal Bahadur Shastri, three against PV Narasimha Rao, two against Morarji Desai and one each against Rajiv Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman stated that the details of the deal can not be revealed since a secrecy agreement was signed in 2008 with France and Rafale deal was also covered in it. The BJD has 19 MPs. Its relationship with BJP is under stress and it has announced it will contest the general elections separately. Another former ally BJD staged a walkout even before the debate started. (What sort of a journey is this - without a navigator, or a guide, without favourable winds and with a creaky boat?) He said, "When the Opposition had introduced the no-confidence motion, why was it delaying a debate on it?"
Gandhi, whose parliamentary speeches have always been seen as rather hesitant, and far from confident, managed to win support on social media. "We have almost 314 members within the NDA and there are many other parties which are likely to oppose this no-confidence motion", BJP national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said. "It is not only a question of numbers".
The Congress, he said, was so insensitive that it was dismissing the valour of the Indian soldier who was ready to give his life to protect the country's unity and integrity. However, it did not specifically mention whether the classified information included details of the pricing, over which the Congress has made allegations. Later, Chinese troops also occupied Doklam but fearless Indian Army soldiers drove them away, Mr Gandhi said.
While the TDP had moved the motion over the Centre's refusal to grant Andhra Pradesh a special category status, the Congress had moved the motion targeting the Centre over various issues like cow vigilantism, lynchings and atrocities towards Dalits.
The highlight of the fiery debate, where several leaders, both from the government and Opposition, spoke, was Congress President Rahul Gandhi's surprise decision to hug Modi, and then follow it up with a cheeky wink at a party colleague.
T Chandrashekhar Rao's Telangana Rashtra Samiti, - which is neither part of the ruling NDA, nor the rival camp - has chose to abstain from the no-trust vote against the Narendra Modi govermment in Lok Sabha.