New Delhi, July 20: Congress president Rahul Gandhi walked up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and gave him a hug after finishing his speech during the no-confidence motion debate in Parliament. While some cheered and some made fun of this act, Rahul Gandhi explained his gesture saying that people may call him what they will but he doesn’t have any hatred in his heart.
“Aap logon ke andar mere liye nafrat hai, aap mujhe Pappu aur bohot gaaliyan dekar bula sakte hain, lekin mere andar aapke liye nafrat nahi hai (You people have hatred for me, you call me Pappu and can abuse me, but I have no hatred for you)” he said after coming back to his seat in the Lok Sabha. Click here for live news updates from no-confidence motion debate.
As Rahul Gandhi moved to leave, PM Modi called him again to shake hands. The Congress president later winked looking at his party members.
It, however, seemed like this act wasn’t approved by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan who asked him to refrain from doing any such things. The act wasn’t taken lightly as the Lok Sabha members slammed the Congress president for acting like Munna Bhai and giving “pappi jhappi”. On being asked about the hug, the Congress said that it was not a “nautanki” but a gesture.
The Congress president on Friday attacked the Modi government on a slew of issues including the rising mob lynchings, slow economic growth and safety of women during the no-confidence motion debate in the Lok Sabha. Calling the government a “jumla sarkar”, he said, “The symptoms of the jumla strike include – First there is a great sense of excitement and happiness. After that there is shock and then followed by regret.”