The Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), has said that in the No Confidence Motion, the country merely witnessed a clash of personalities, frivolous use of parliament to abuse each other, and the mega-enormous waste of tax-payer money in petty bickering. The debate, if indeed it can be called that, was lacklustre, mostly in poor taste and did not focus on the outcome of governance and performance over the last four years.
SDPI national president M. K. Faizy in a statement said it was an opportunity lost. The voting public did not come away any better informed at the end, than they were when they went into the debate. This was reality theatre which did nothing to change or garner opinion based on volleyed arguments on the merits and demerits of policies implemented by the government. At the end of the day the contours of partisanship remained intact.
Faizy said that winning of Trust Vote in Parliament does not set a tone for 2019 Elections. It is a preliminary test of the BJP governance which it succeeded by its sheer majority. If the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had an iota of self respect he should have responded to Opposition Charges, instead he chose to Counter Attack, a sick and a defeatist mindset.
He said that it was the Congress President, Rahul Gandhi who stole the show. He set the tone — if not the agenda — for 2019, with an unequivocal message that love and tolerance, not hatred and lynchings, was the way forward for India, indeed, that there was no substitute for the Gandhian ideals of truth and non-violence.
However, he said, replying to the no-confidence motion against his government, Mr. Modi failed to deliver the speech that was intended to place the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s agenda front and centre for general elections barely a year away. Instead, clearly angry, visibly distracted, his close to two hour long diatribe was partly devoted to mocking Mr. Gandhi’s prime ministerial ambitions — describing his hug as an effort to grab the Prime Minister’s chair without winning an election — and the rest to by now tired statistics related to his government’s achievements. An impressive orator otherwise, Mr. Modi looked dispirited as his speech dull, repetitive and uninspiring.
SDPI president said that the Rafael aircraft issue posed by Rahul Gandhi is not whether deal is covered by official secrecy agreement or not: but did the BJP government favour a particular businessman over HAL? The Prime Minister must explain as to why this contract was taken away from HAL [Hindustan Aeronautics Limited] and the youngsters of Karnataka and given to a businessman who had a debt of Rs.35,000 crore and who has never ever built an aeroplane in his life.
Faizy concluded saying the question is that at the end of the day, a common man wants a country of “Sab ka Saath, Sab ka Vikaas” from the present government or future government, whether it is ruled by BJP or Congress or by someone else. Even after 70 years of Independence, we have not improved much in spite of our huge potential in every filed.