Commenting on Rahul Gandhi’s sudden hug to Prime Minister Narendra Modi inside the Parliament during the no-confidence motion, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Friday said Congress president today showed how a hug full of affection can stop hatred.
"Gandhi showed the mirror to PM Modi. He showed how grand old party loves everyone", Surjewala added.
Meanwhile, BJP leader and Union Affairs minister Ananth Kumar said that the saffron party MPs will move a privilege motion against Rahul Gandhi for putting forth falsehood and misleading the Parliament.
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After a scathing criticism of PM Narendra Modi on several issues including Rafale jet deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi walked across to the PM and hugged him, a gesture which took the members of Lok Sabha by surprise.
Modi, who initially looked nonplussed and did not stand up to hug him, recovered quickly and called Gandhi back and patted him on the back.
"This is what it means to be a Hindu," Gandhi said after coming back to his seat amid a big applause from his party members, including his mother Sonia Gandhi and other leaders present.
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Sharply criticised for his reported remarks that "Congress is a Muslim party", Rahul Gandhi said, "Prime Minister Modi, BJP and ...have taught me what it means to be a Congress person, the meaning of being a real Indian, and what it means to be a real Hindu. For this, I thank them."
It is pertinent to mention here that just a few months before the Lok Sabha elections 2019, Congress along with some other parties have moved a no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi-led NDA government. However, the numbers are apparently in the ruling party’s favour.