Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s speech and his hug to Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday found support from opposition parties, including the RJD and the AAP, even as the BJP termed it an “immature” act.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said the prime minister often hugged the heads of foreign countries so what was wrong with Gandhi hugging him in Parliament.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav also termed the speech as “fantastic” and congratulated Gandhi for “unearthing their mines of lies”.
“Oh that wink my friend! Hit them hard where it hurts…Congratulations for unearthing their mines of lies and a fantastic speech @RahulGandhi,” Yadav tweeted.
Gandhi’s speech also got support from former Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Yadav who tweeted,” Sh @RahulGandhi spoke very well and honestly, as a matter of fact he narrated the feelings of every citizen of the country. I congratulate him for his excellent speech in Lok Sabha. People are really fed up of this government and I agree with what he said.”
After a no-holds barred and scathing criticism of the prime minister on several issues including the Rafale jet deal, the Congress leader walked across the green-carpeted well of Lok Sabha to Modi and hugged him, a gesture which took the Treasury Bench members by surprise.
Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, however, took potshots at Gandhi, asking what did he have today before coming to Parliament, while claiming that the opposition leader had accused Punjabis of being “nashedi (drug addicts)”.
The Akali Dal leader stood up and objected to Gandhi’s hug, saying he cannot have this “pappi-jhappi moment” in the House.
Gandhi had earlier said that members of the ruling coalition also appreciated his speech when the House was adjourned briefly and referred to Badal, sitting on the Treasury benches, saying that the woman leader from the Akali Dal was also smiling at him.
Meanwhile the BJP termed Gandhi’s hug an “immature” act and said his speech during the no-confidence motion was “low on substance” and “high on entertainment”. BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “It was low on substance and high on entertainment value. Since yesterday, the country was observing Rahul and wanted to hear his speech.”
“He (Rahul) had said last time that when he would speak, there would be an earthquake. We waited for 15 minutes, half-an-hour, one hour, but nothing transpired as there was no substance in the speech of Rahul Gandhi,” he said.
The BJP spokesperson also disapproved the “kind of entertainment Gandhi made out of his speech by saying–BJP and RSS taught him (Gandhi) what Hindustani and Hindu means”.
Patra also criticised the Congress leader for “pointing fingers at an MP and saying–she was smiling at me”, in a reference to Badal. He said Gandhi should have dealt with the issues in Parliament “maturely”.