Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said he was “thankful” to the Congress for helping him expose the hollowness of the claims made by the Opposition of numbers and support, PTI reported. Modi said that by moving a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha, the Congress allowed him to inform the people about his government’s successes.

The prime minister was speaking at the first Bharatiya Janata Party parliamentary party meeting in the ongoing Monsoon Session on Tuesday. Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj and party president Amit Shah were among those present at the meeting.

Modi said the motion exposed the Opposition’s “political immaturity and lack of understanding and substance”, The Hindu reported. He said his government had not faced any hostile political environment in the country, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters.

Modi said the Congress, to cover its mistake, was raising irrelevant issues, apparently referring to the allegations against the government over Rafale deal. The prime minister congratulated the party members and the party’s allies for the defeat of the no-confidence motion, PTI reported, quoting unidentified party officials.

On July 20, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government won the motion moved by the Telugu Desam Party by 199 votes.