The first ever no-confidence motion was brought in by Acharya J B Kripalani against the government which was headed by the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru which was eventually defeated. The first no-confidence motion which led to the fall of a government was in 1979 that of Morarji Desai which was moved by Y B Chavan.
After a span of 15 years, the Indian Parliament has witnessed a discussion on the 27th No-Confidence Motion against any government, the last one was in 2003 in which the motion failed. The discussions in Parliament was the beginning of a momentum that will highlight the government’s failures in the run-up to the general elections.
Irrespective of the outcome of the six-hour long debate which was scheduled in the Parliament, one thing that is clear is how the consolidation of Opposition is giving the BJP sleepless nights and has finally got the arrogant, brazen government to reach out to its own alliance partners The no-confidence motion has also exposed the hypocrisy of those political parties that stand against the government within the public yet continue to be their silent supporters.
The four years of Modi government have been a disaster and a complete failure, the incidents of hate crimes, perpetual mob lynching, defending convicts of heinous crimes and the riot mongers seems to be the BJP’s script for 2019 but the Congress is committed to highlighting the government failures, the biggest of which is the economy.
The disastrous demonetization was a fiasco which had cost the country Rs 3 lakh crore in GDP growth and wiped out over 25 lakh jobs, while an implemented GST impacted small businesses besides unleashing chaos with unclear as well as hard to implement filing and refund process.
The farmers of the country continue to suffer the government’s lack of interest. India’s agricultural growth from the last four years has been at its lowest since economic reforms began at a growth rate of mere 1.9 percent. The minimum support price to farmers which was announced by the government has also turned out to be a big joke on the farmers mislead the farmers
The Modi government has completely collapsed the banking system of India with the last quarter indicating a net loss of over Rs 44,000 crore, this is the highest in recorded history for our banks and to hide its failure, the Modi government has decided to hive off its stake in IDBI by using the hard earned money of every Indian that invested in LIC policy.
Despite the international prices of crude oil have been falling since 2014 but even though instead of passing the benefits to the people of the country, this government has choosed to increase central excise taxes to make oil costlier than it has ever been, and collected over Rs 10 lakh crore from the citizens.
The NCRB data shows a constant rise in violence against women and conviction rate lower than past governments exposes their failures. The promise of 33 percent reservation for women continues to be a lie in cold storage despite the commitment from Congress to support the bill whenever presented in the parliament.
The diplomacy failures of PM Modi despite traveling to 84 countries since he took the office in 2014 are hard to miss. India for the first time ever has witness a Prime Minister that went to Pakistan even though he was not invited and also to China without any agenda. Needless to say, both trips besides other countries have been spectacular failures for the country’s diplomatic strength and outreach.
The countdown for the Modi government has begun and the no-confidence motion is only the beginning to ensure that people also endorse the opposition stance by registering their no-confidence in Modi’s government through their vote in 2019.
This article was first published by Priyanka Chaturvedi in the Indian Express.