NEW DELHI – Congressman Rahul Gandhi accused the government of failing to honor its promises as the Indian parliament debated a Friday opposition vote on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government  Gandhi , the scion of the political dynasty Nehru-Gandhi, accused the government of creating only 400,000 new jobs against the 20 million that were promised in a year. He accused Modi of favoring large commercial buildings in defense and deals at the expense of the poor.
This upset lawmakers in Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and led the speaker to cool down the home briefs for a short time. Gandhi later resumed his speech and at the end unexpectedly went to Modi where he shook hands and hugged him.
The motion of no confidence holds Modi's 4-year-old government, which has a clear majority, not in the powerful 545-member lower house of parliament, which controlled more than 300 seats.
The opposition apparently decided to test Modi's strength after alienating with some of Modi's allies. Two of them, Shiv Sena and Biju Janata Dal, decided to abstain in order to express their dissatisfaction with Modi & # 39; politics.
Opposition leaders, however, hope to achieve political gains before the national elections early next year. They accuse the government of failing to review the increasing violence against women, minority Muslims and Dalits.
Modi is expected to respond to the allegations of the opposition in his speech before the vote on Thursday.
Gandhi accuses the Modi government of buying 36 Rafael warplanes from France at a greatly inflated price. Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman immediately refuted his request.
Textile Minister Smriti Irani accused Gandhi of rhetoric and asked him to prove his allegations. Another minister, Kiran Rijijju, rejected Gandhi's speech as a "political trick".
When the parliament debated the motion of censure, the peasants invaded the Indian capital, demanding credit waivers and fair prices for their products and other state aid. The agricultural sector has been struggling for years with declining revenues.