New Delhi, Jul 27: Congress leader Imran Masood on Friday courted a controversy as he likened Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a ‘sadak chhaap’. Taking a dig at the PM over his reaction to Rahul Gandhi’s hug in the Lok Sabha during no-confidence motion last week, Masood said that PM Modi should have replied to Congress President’s hug in a decent manner rather by snapping fingers and clapping in the House like a ‘sadak chhaap’.
“Modi ji ko hi to gale lagaya tha Rahul ji ne, Nawaz Sharif ya Imran Khan ko to nahi. Agar apne pradhan mantri ko gale laga liya to pradhan mantri ko shaleenta ke saath jawab dena chahiye tha. Pradhan mantri ji haath phaink phaink kar, chutkiya baja baja kar, taaliyaan baja kar aise act kar rahe the jaise koi sadak chaap vyakti ho, pradhan mantri na bol raha ho (Rahul Gandhi gave a hug to PM Modi only and not Nawaz Sharif or Imran Khan. If Rahul ji hugged the Prime Minister then the PM should have replied back in a decent manner rather by snapping fingers and clapping in the House like a ‘sadak chhaap’),” Imran Masood said while speaking to a media channel.
This is not the first time that Masood has attacked PM Modi. Earlier in 2014, he was filmed declaring that he will ‘chop the Prime Minister into pieces’. A criminal case was registered against him following which he was arrested. Later, he issued a clarification and said that his statement meant that he would teach PM Modi a lesson.
On July 21, during the no-confidence motion debate, PM Modi mocked Rahul for gesturing him to stand from the seat before the now-famous hug and said that the Congress president was in a hurry to unseat him and grab the PM’s chair, as he dubbed the no-trust vote as an act of “arrogance”. “What is the hurry,” Modi said, while referring to Gandhi’s hand gestures
During his nearly one-and-half hour long reply to the Congress leader’s hug-capped scathing attack, PM Modi also took a dig at the Congress president’s apparent post-hug wink in Parliament saying the entire nation saw what the eyes did today, as he made gestures with his hands and eyes to show Gandhi’s action.
The Narendra Modi government comfortably won the no-confidence motion moved by the TDP and other opposition parties in the Lok Sabha. While 325 MPs voted in favour of the NDA government, the opposition could garner support of just 126 members.