Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday took everyone in the Lok Sabha by surprise when he went and hugged Prime Minister Narendra Modi after tearing into the BJP-led government during the no confidence motion. "The difference between us and PM and Amit Shah is that we are willing to lose power".
"You can abuse me and call me names but I don't have any hatred towards you", Gandhi said to cheers from Congress lawmakers just before he hugged his rival. Even before the count was over, people walked up to my desk and wanted me to stand up. This emotion has built India and I will bring out this feeling among you all. No, I instead feel grateful to the Prime Minister, RSS and BJP for teaching the meaning of being a Hindustani, of being a Congressman. I would like thank you for this from the bottom of my heart. They are contributing in the development of the nation.On the other hand, the Congress divided Andhra Pradesh behind closed doors and their conduct then was shameful.
The Congress chief referred to the amount of Rs 15 lakh that was promised to every Indian by the BJP before coming to power after bringing in all black money stashed overseas, and termed it as "Jumla strike number one'".
Continuing to this, Prime Minister Modi also took a jibe at Rahul's natural disaster remark from 2016.
The prime minister was seen laughing when Gandhi persisted with his comments that Modi was unable to look him in his eyes on the issue of the controversial Rafale deal.
"When the Chinese President comes to India, Modi sits with him on a swing in Gujarat".
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Further hitting out at PM Modi, Gandhi asserted: "Modi ji only talks to suit boot wale (suited booted) bade (big) businessmen". He was seen saying something into Mr Gandhi's ear and patting him on his back.
As the House resumed, Mahajan asked Gandhi and other members to maintain decorum and restraint in their conduct and said there should be evidence if dirent allegations are levelled.
Harsimrat Kaur stood up and took objection to Gandhi's hug saying he can not do this "pappi-jhappi moment" in House. "Farmers are unhappy because prices of fertilisers and seeds have increased while the youth have no employment", he said.
FILE PHOTO: Rahul Gandhi, President of India's main opposition Congress party, addresses his supporters during a rally described as Jan Aakrosh or public anger at Ramlila ground in New Delhi, India, April 29, 2018. There was a burst of laughter in the House.
After returning to his corner seat in the second row, the Congress president winked at his party colleagues - Jyotiraditya Scindia and KC Venugopal.