Modi says it was ‘unwanted hug’ from Rahul Gandhi
NEW DELHI: Giving his reaction to the Rahul Gandhi’s unexpected gesture of ‘admiration’ ,Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a day after took a dig at the “unwanted hug” he received from Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Parliament, saying it was a result of the opposition’s lack of reason for their no-confidence motion against his government.
“We asked the reasons for their no confidence motion but when they failed to give it they ended up giving an unwanted hug,” Modi said, referring to Gandhi’s embrace during a debate on the no-confidence motion.
Addressing a rally, he said the coming together of several parties against the BJP will be an opportunity as they were running after the prime minister’s chair, ignoring the poor, youth and farmers. He used a Hindi expression that translates to more the parties, more the marshy land in which the ‘lotus’ blooms.
Accusing previous governments of not having the will to help farmers, Modi listed the key decisions taken by his government for welfare of farmers and criticised the parties who ruled in the past for lacking pro-farmer intentions.
He also said that for the first time the government has decided to allow mills to produce ethanol from molasses and sugarcane juice from December 1.
Yesterday (July 20), Rahul Gandhi approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the parliament session and hugged him affectionately.
“You may call me Pappu, but I don’t hate you,” Rahul Gandhi said, looking directly at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then walking across to embrace him. It may not have been an “earthquake” but the Congress president’s jaw-dropping gesture during session touched many hearts in and outside the assembly.
The PM looked stumped as Mr Gandhi leaned in and enveloped the prime minister in a bear hug. As the Congress chief started walking away, the PM recovered and grabbed his sleeve. He was seen saying something into Mr Gandhi’s ear and patting him on his back.