New Delhi: Addressing the last Lok Sabha session ahead of the general elections in April-May 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday took a sharp dig at Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his infamous ‘hug and wink’ act in the House last year.
“The first time I got to know the difference between gale lagna (hug) and gale padna (throwing yourself at someone) was here in this House. I also learned about aankhon ki gustakhiyan (mischief of eyes),” the Prime Minister said.
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Rahul Gandhi in July 2018 had mounted an hour-long acrimonious attack on the BJP-led government during a debate on no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha, often channeling diatribes at the Prime Minister himself.
However, the Congress president concluded his speech on a backhanded affectionate note to the PM, “I have not an iota of hatred or hard feelings against you. You hate me, I may be Pappu for you. But I love you and respect you because I am the Congress.” He then walked over to the Prime Minister and hugged him.
Prime Minister, who was visibly caught in an uncomfortable situation, called Rahul Gandhi back, patted his back and shook hands with him.
But, it didn’t end there. Rahul Gandhi was then photographed winking at a fellow Congress MP, following his ‘triumphant’ feat of hugging his political rival.
LAST PARLIAMENT SESSION
The Parliament convened for the last day on Wednesday, ahead of the Lok Sabha election in summers. After a thunderous Rajya Sabha session earlier in the day, where the CAG report on Rafale deal was tabled, the Lok Sabha session commenced post 3 PM.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav opened the House, on a gentle note, hoping for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to repeat BJP’s 2014 winning feat this general election too.
Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Yadav said, “I want to congratulate the Prime Minister for trying to take everyone ahead. PM Modi has a clean record. Hope to see the same MPs in Lok Sabha and hope that PM Modi returns as PM in 2019.”
Soon after, Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his speech by thanking Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for conducting the proceeding of the House and added, “16th Lok Sabha session will be remembered for having the most number of women MPs ever in the House.”
PM Modi continued, “After three decades, a government of complete majority came into power. After Independence, a government which is not of “Congress gotra” came into power. An alliance government without Congress gotra was that of Atal ji and a government of complete majority was formed in 2014.”
Speaking about the NDA government’s efforts to combat the ills of global warming, the Prime Minister said, “The world today is discussing the issue of global warming and India has made an effort for the formation of the International Solar Alliance to combat this problem.”
The Prime Minister then elucidated on the laws passed to fight the menace of black money and corruption. “As many as 219 bills were tabled in the last five years. This House has passed the Upper Caste quota bill, the GST bill, the Aadhaar bill and cleared the stringent laws to combat the menace of black money and corruption,” he said.