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 - Amid Farmers Protest, PM Modi Says New Agricultural Reforms Have Given Them Legal Protection
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 - Nationwide Lockdown on Cards? PM Modi to Hold All-party Meet on December 4 to Discuss COVID Situation
“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 - COVID-19: BJP MLA Kiran Maheshwari Passes Away, PM Modi Condoles Demise
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)