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Does the fear of a hug keep the PM away while Rahul Gandhi speaks in LS?

by | Feb 11, 2022 | India

Here's why Prime Minister Narendra Modi skips attending the Lok Sabha when Congress leader Rahul Gandhi speaks.
"Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi" by theglobalpanorama is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not present in the Lok Sabha when former Congress president Rahul Gandhi spoke in the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address. 

This is not the first time he has skipped Gandhi’s speech. A Bharatiya Janata Party leader had an interesting take on this. 

According to him, Prime Minister Modi avoids Gandhi’s speeches because he thinks the Congress leader might repeat his July 20, 2018 performance. 

What happened that day? 

After an hour-long fiery speech in the Lok Sabha on a no-confidence motion moved by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Gandhi crossed over to the treasury benches to give a surprised Modi a hug. 

Gandhi wanted to give a message that the Congress party does not believe in hatred and vendetta politics and that he was willing to forgive the BJP leaders who repeatedly called him “Pappu”.

The Prime Minister looked visibly disconcerted but he called back Gandhi to shake hands, patted his back and whispered something in his ear. 

However, what happened after that triggered a series of memes in social media. Gandhi walked back to his seat and then winked to party colleague Jyotiraditya Scindia who responded with a smile and thumping of desk. 

It is altogether a different matter now, as Scindia has moved from the Congress to the BJP and has been rewarded with a cabinet berth in the Modi government for bringing down the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh.

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