Social Media on fire after Rahul Gandhi hugs PM Narendra Modi

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New Delhi – In an unprecedented step, Congress president Rahul Gandhi hugged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Parliament during no-confidence motion debate on Friday.

“You may call me Pappu, but I don’t hate you,” Gandhi said, looking directly at PM Modi and then walking across to embrace him. It may not have been the “earthquake” he had promised once, but the Congress president’s jaw-dropping gesture.
However it didn’t go down well with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan who admonished Rahul Gandhi.

In his sharpest attack on the Prime Minister on subjects ranging from the Rafale deal to GST, demonetisation and foreign policy, Rahul Gandhi had said repeatedly: “You can’t look me in the eye.” The PM, sitting directly across, smiled. Then came the twist.

“You can abuse me, you can call me Pappu, but I don’t have a speck of hatred against you. I will take out this hatred out of you and turn it into love. I am the Congress,” said Rahul Gandhi, making an astonishing reference to the pejorative rivals use for him.

He left his seat, strode across the floor and wrapped his arms awkwardly around PM Modi, who looked startled. Known for his bear-hugs for world leaders, PM Modi froze in his seat.

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.