Rahul Gandhi Hugs PM Narendra Modi In Parliament
Today in a live session in the parliament congress president Rahul Gandhi hugged PM Narendra Modi as a soft gesture against BJP’s No-Confidence motion.
Modi, who initially looked surprised, obliged. He even called the Congress president back for a handshake, and whispered a few words in his ear. We have no way of knowing what they were but he was smiling.
You may call me Pappu, but I don’t hate you,” Rahul Gandhi said, looking directly at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then walking across to embrace him. It may not have been the “earthquake” he had promised once, but the Congress president’s jaw-dropping gesture during the no-confidence motion debate in parliament came close to it, many lawmakers said. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, disapproved and admonished Rahul Gandhi.
Congress leaders said Gandhi had always tried to argue that the BJP and the Congress represent two opposite schools of thought – saying while the BJP spreads hatred and anger, the Congress wants to spread love and brotherhood. The idea was to take forward that narrative – that the BJP spreads hatred.
Even as Gandhi was walking across the aisle, the move baffled even Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who kept cautioning the Member of Parliament from Amethi that there was no need for that gesture. The PM, confused at first, accepted Gandhi’s speech. Rahul’s gesture was met with applause from the opposition benches.
Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur also took objection to the gesture, saying “Ye sansad hai, ye Munna bhai ka pappi jhappi area nahin hai”.
BJP MP Kirron Kher said, “Rahul Gandhi should be ashamed, he can’t target our ministers without any proof. He was doing drama in the house and hugging Modi ji. I think his next step will be Bollywood. We will have to send him there.”