One day after the parliamentary vote of no confidence was decisively overcome, the mood in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of jubilation was on the level of victory. This was linked to the decision to go on the offensive against Congress President Rahul Gandhi with a new account of his "immaturity."
The Hindustan Times spoke to five BJP leaders, four of whom wanted to remain anonymous. The BJP believes that the fact that the government received 325 votes – with the restriction that the number could rise if the Lok Sabha Secretariat publishes a corrected balance sheet – was a sign that the government was strong.
"Remember speculation about the BJP lost its majority that there were angry MPs, and all of a sudden we wiped that out," said the first BJP leader.
Anurag Thakur, the newly appointed main whip of the party in Lok Sabha, said: "We spoke with MPs many times, lists were drawn up … Five BJP MPs who were outside the country came back for it., Five BJP MPs In the hospital, only two MPs could not make it from the BJP either because of poor health or abroad. "Another MP claimed that both the Prime Minister's speech and the extent of the victory had given the party cadres a much needed boost. When Rahul Gandhi embraced the Prime Minister, he admitted that he had given them ammunition. He claimed he was "childish, immature, not serious and unwilling to become PM."
"You can not force yourself on anyone, you can not do that in Parliament," Thakur said. Congressional spokesman Jaiveer Shergill said: "The BJP is again focusing only on Rahulji's embrace in order to divert attention from key governance issues that the PM has encountered, but the embrace has surprisingly caused heartburn in the BJP camp
Gandhi tweeted on Saturday: "The point of yesterday's debate in Parliament … PM uses hatred, fear and anger in the hearts of some of our people to build his narrative. We will prove that love and compassion in the hearts of all Indians is the only way to build a nation. "