New Delhi, Jul 21: Shiv Sena was all praises for Rahul Gandhi after his speech in Lok Sabha on Friday during the debate on no-confidence motion against the Modi government. Applauding Congress President’s gesture of walking across the aisle and hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the lead headline of Saamna read, “Rahul Gandhi Yanchi Modina Jaadu Ki Jappi! Bhaava, Jinklas! (Rahul, You Won!).”Also Read - 4 Reasons Why Tourism is The Next Growth Engine For India, TAAI President Jyoti Mayal Explains
The Shiv Sena, a partner of the BJP in the Maharashtra government, had decided to abstain from the no trust vote in Parliament. Also Read - Budget Glossary 2022: Key Economic Terms Decoded to Understand FM Nirmala Sitharaman's Speech
Earlier on Friday, the Sena said that the hug by Rahul Gandhi to PM Modi at the end of his speech was actually a shock for Narendra Modi. “The Congress chief has now graduated from the real school of politics. This wasn’t a hug, but a shock to Modi. There would be more “tremors” like today for the BJP,” party leader Sanjay Raut had said. Also Read - Identify 10 Tasks to be Completed in Next 3 Months, Work on Time-bound Targets to Increase People's Ease of Living: PM Modi to DMs
Capping a power-packed speech in which he attacked the government on multiple issues, from farmer distress to the Rafale jet deal, Gandhi strode across the Lok Sabha to hug a surprised PM Modi to the amazement of the House members and millions who watched the debate live on TV.
Sena’s praise for Gandhi came after its apparent flip-flop on issuing a whip to its MPs asking them to be present in the Lok Sabha during the opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion and vote for the government.
The NDA ally on Friday said there was a “mistake” in issuing the whip. “There was a mistake. No such whip could be issued by the chief whip when a decision (on no-trust motion) was not even taken then,” a Sena source told PTI.
Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire, the party’s chief whip in the House, in a three-line whip issued on the letter head of the party on July 18 had asked the party lawmakers to support the NDA government during the no-trust motion.