Doklam issue: When PM Modi suggested Rahul to speak carefully on topics without having prior knowledge

21 Jul 2018 08:21 AM

Doklam issue: When PM Modi suggested Rahul to speak carefully on topics without having prior knowledge

Updated 21 Jul 2018 08:21 AM

Capping a power-packed speech in which Gandhi unleashing a vitriolic attack on Modi on the government on multiple issues, from farmer distress to the Rafale jet deal, Gandhi strode across the lower house to hug Modi and then winked at his colleagues after returning to his seat, sparking a debate on the appropriateness of his action.
But it was his walk across the green-carpeted Well of House at the end to hug Modi that left almost everyone, not the least the prime minister, surprised.
Modi shook Gandhi's hands but ignored his call to stand so that he could hug the BJP leader. The Congress chief, however, embraced him as he remained seated.
Modi initially looked nonplussed and did not stand up to hug him, but recovered quickly and called Gandhi back and patted him on the back. He also appeared to say a few words, which were inaudible Modi.
The prime minister was seen laughing when Gandhi persisted with his comments that Modi was unable to look him in his eyes on the issue of the controversial Rafale deal.
"Who am I to look you in the eyes. I am a "kaamdar" and you are a "naamdar"," Modi responded and made a veiled reference to Gandhi's wink, saying, "The entire country saw what the eyes did today. It is clear in front of everyone"
"History is witness to the fact that Congress has always insulted those who tried to look them in the eyes."
Modi said it is the arrogance of people who say 'when I speak, the PM will not stand for 15 minutes', in a veiled reference to the Congress chief's taunt at him.
Tearing into the Congress, Modi said the no-trust debate has exposed those who indulge in negative politics and are opposed to development, as he listed out the various achievements of his four-year-old government.
Taking a swipe at Gandhi without naming him, the prime minister said, "It is a trial for getting other parties' support for his PM's candidature. But others too have ambitions."

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