New Delhi, Jul 25:  Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took a swipe at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a few days after he hugged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha, saying that now even the MPs of the party take “two steps back” on seeing him fearing he may embrace them too.Also Read - 'Itna Jhooth Teleprompter Bhi Nahi Jhel Paya', Rahul Gandhi Mocks PM Modi Over Davos Speech Glitch

Gandhi, who was severely criticised by the BJP leaders for hugging Modi during his speech on the no-confidence motion against the government last week, said he may have a difference of opinion with the ruling party leaders and he can fight them, but he doesn’t need to hate them. Also Read - UP Elections 2022: This Is How Akhilesh Yadav Is Planning To Become CM, His Winning Strategies Revealed

“You can fight someone with all your might, but hate is a choice… And I think that is something that is very important to understand. I may disagree with Mr (LK) Advani, I may have a completely different conception of the country from that of Mr Advani. And I can fight Mr Advani on every single inch, but I don’t need to hate him,” he said at a book launch event where the senior BJP leader and former deputy prime minister was also present. Also Read - UP Assembly Election 2022: Swami Prasad Maurya Leaves BJP, Joins Samajwadi Party, Know Which Politicians Left Their Parties To Join Other Parties

The Congress chief further said that he can hug Advani and also fight him.

“It is very interesting how this works, because now whenever I come across BJP MPs, they take two steps back… We have to be careful he is going to hug us,” Gandhi said amid peals of laughter.

After a no-holds barred and scathing criticism of Modi on several issues including the Rafale jet deal, Gandhi had walked across the well of Lok Sabha to Modi and hugged him. The gesture had taken Modi as well as the treasury benches by surprise.

(Inputs from PTI)