Rahul Gandhi Hugs Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament

Rahul Gandhi

It was an unusual day in the Indian Parliament today when the opposition leader Rahul Gandhi gave a unexpected hug to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the house, today. “You can abuse me, you can call me Pappu, but I don’t have a speck of hatred against you. I will take out this hatred out of you and turn it into love. I am the Congress,” said Rahul Gandhi during the no-confidence motion debate in parliament. Rahul Gandhi left his seat, walked across the floor and he wrapped his arms around Narendra Modi and gave a hug. Prime Minister Mode got frozen for a moment in his seat and looked startled. While Mr. Gandhi left walking away Mr. Modi was seen saying something and patting Rahul Gandhi.

Today, in the parliament Rahul Gandhi attacked directly the Prime Minister on various subjects ranging from Rafale deal to GST (Goods and Services Tax), demonetisation and foreign policies, etc. While addressing on the no-confidence motion debate, Rahul Gandhi had said, “You can’t look me in the eye”, while the prime minister who was sitting directly across Mr. Gandhi smiled and then the ‘hug’ took place.

Coming back to his seat, the Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was seen winking at fellow Congress MPs. The incident took place in the house today created mixed reactions across social media by various leaders.

While responding to the incident the Speaker said, “There is some decorum of the house. He (Narendra Modi) was sitting in the prime minister’s seat. I did not like it..” “Such conduct is against the rules of the House,” she said.

Media and Hashtag

Sonia Gandhi responded to the media that she was “very happy” with son Rahul’s performance and she is the media is changing too. Congress leaders like Shashi Tharoor used the hashtag #BhukampAaGaya (has earthquake come?)

Lawmakers across the house cheered and thumped their desks wildly. Opposition members gave Rahul Gandhi a standing ovation. On the other hand, minister Harsimrat Kaur of the Akali Dal said, “This is a house, not for Munnabhai’s pappi jhappi.” (He compared the scenario with the Hindi movie Munnabhai which is Vasool Raja in Tamil where Kamal Hasan does ‘kattipudi vaithiyam’)

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