India's ruling party to face no-confidence vote, amid ongoing mob violence

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Recently, the Parliamentary affairs minister and BJP leader Ananth Kumar said, "All National Democratic Alliance (NDA) parties are going to vote unitedly against the no-confidence motion".

He was speaking on a no-confidence motion against Modi that the government is certain to defeat because of its majority in parliament, but which the opposition hopes will focus attention on the government's failures in office.

As the opposition and the government geared up for the no-trust motion -the first in 15 years, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami hinted his party AIADMK might not back the motion.

Soon after the government won the no-confidence motion, PM Modi said that the NDA has the confidence of 125 crore people.

Gandhi's no-holds barred attack at Modi on a range of issues including the controversial Rafale jet deal in his hour-long speech during a debate on the no-confidence motion against the government often sparked loud protests from the treasury benches, but it was his walk across the green-carpeted Well of House at the end to hug Modi that left nearly everyone, not the least the prime minister, surprised.

Congress Party leader Shashi Tharoor praised Gandhi's "astonishing performance" in parliament. "In India and in France, when a deal is very sensitive, we can't reveal all details", the statement said.

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. No, I instead feel grateful to the Prime Minister, RSS and BJP for teaching the meaning of being a Hindustani, of being a Congressman. The youth in India believed in the Prime Minister.

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"Everybody understands the relationship the prime minister has with certain people". Earlier, the Lok Sabha had seen much drama, as Congress president Rahul Gandhi had walked across the aisle to hug Modi immediately after a fiery speech in which he slammed the government on several counts.

Rahul reached Modi's seat and asked him to rise, opening his arms for a hug.

"And it was seen by the people what your eyes said today", Modi said, blinking his fingers to portray Gandhi's winking gesture. "I will take out this hatred out of you and turn it into love", Gandhi said as lawmakers thumped their desks and others looked on.

As Gandhi tried to walk away, PM Modi signaled him to come back.

"This is not a floor test for the government; it is a floor test for the Congress and its so-called friends and allies".

He stressed that the Congress has no hatred for anyone, not even the BJP.

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