New Delhi, July 20: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Friday schooled parliamentarians after Congress president Rahul Gandhi winked suddenly after hugging PM Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha. “The Prime Minister was sitting in the House in his capacity as the PM and not as Narendra Modi. We should keep this in mind before making any move or gesture,” Mahajan said, referring to Gandhi’s wink after his sudden show of affection for PM Modi. Also Read - 'Lifesaving Medicines Should be Made Available to Indians First', Says Rahul Gandhi After Govt Approves HCQ Export
“Winking is against the dignity of Parliament. Rahulji is not my enemy, he is like my son and it is a duty as a mother to correct. Why will I oppose hugging? But after hugging, that wink wasn’t proper,” said Mahajan. Also Read - Coronavirus: Total Positive Cases Climb to 1024, Death Toll Reaches 27, State Borders Sealed | Top Points
Furthermore she stated that the Congress president’s gesture in Lok Sabha has lowered decorum of the House. “Please understand that it is we who have to maintain the dignity of the House and no one from outside will come and do it. We have to also maintain the decurom being a Member of Parliament. I want all of you (Opposition and treasury benches) to live with love and affenction,” Mahajan added. Also Read - 'Stand Together With Govt But Sudden Lockdown Created Immense Panic', Rahul Gandhi Writes to PM
She also silenced Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi when he tried to speak on this issue saying, “Gaurav beta (son), please sit down. There is still a lot that you have to learn.”
Notably, Mahajan’s statement came after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh attacked Rahul Gandhi saying, “The opposition has turned the House into Chipko movement.” (No-confidence Motion Debate LIVE Updates)
Earlier in the day, Congress President Rahul Gandhi took everyone in the Lok Sabha by surprise when he went and hugged Prime Minister Narendra Modi after tearing into the BJP-led government during the no confidence motion.
(With inputs from agencies)