Congress slams Modi’s jibe at Rahul’s hug

Congress slams Modi’s jibe at Rahul’s hug
Jaiveer Shergill and G.V.L. Narsimha Rao (file)
New Delhi, Jul 21 (IANS) | Publish Date: 7/21/2018 11:45:59 PM IST
The Congress on Saturday hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s jibe at Rahul Gandhi for hugging him during the no confidence motion in the Lok Sabha, saying it “exposes his politics of hate”.
“Modi is mocking Rahul Gandhi’s hug, which was given out of pure grace,” Congress leader Jaiveer Shergill told media here. 
“This completely exposes Modi’s politics of hate,” he said. 
The Congress leader’s remarks came soon after the Prime Minister, addressing a farmers’ rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur, mocked the Congress President for hugging him during the no confidence motion in Lok Sabha on Friday.
Slamming Modi for hugging his then Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif during his visit to Lahore in 2015, Shergill said: “If he can hug Pakistan’s Prime Minister, then why cannot he show the same grace towards people of his own country?”
He also said that nation is fed up with Modi’s event management style of politics and is, in fact, craving for a sound governance.
Hitting out at Modi, he said the Prime Minister “conveniently sidestepped vital issues raised by the Congress President”, as he was “bereft of facts and statistics”d.
“Yesterday, when Modi faced questions from Congress President Rahul Gandhi, he seemed like a student who was facing a question paper in exam.
“It seemed like the question paper was on mathematics, but Modi’s answers were of history,” he said.
Attacking Modi over his promises to the farmers, Shergill said: “He had promised to improve lives of farmers, but instead ruined them with his ill-thought policies.”
“Modi must answer why there is a 40 per cent rise in farmers’ suicide cases in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh?”
BJP slams Rahul
The BJP on Saturday slammed Congress President Rahul Gandhi for hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the no-confidence motion in Parliament and said that he has once again showed his incapability to hold any public office. “Even a beginner in politics, but Rahul Gandhi being what he is... I think he has demonstrated is ineligibility and incapability to really hold any public office,” BJP leader G.V.L. Narsimha Rao told media here.
He also said that the no-confidence motion showed that how “fractured” the so-called grand opposition is, terming opposition unity “the number one casualty” of the no confidence motion. 
“It showed how fractured the so called grand opposition is. We have seen some opposition parties abstaining from the house, we have seen opposition parties going against the so called grand alliance and only a few political parties stuck together... possibly this is the widest victory in the no confidence vote of over nearly 200 votes won by the government,” the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said. He also said that this is only a trailer, what the people of the country have seen yesterday on the floor of the Parliament is what will happen in 2019 and beyond. 
He also slammed the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) for bringing the no confidence motion in Lok Sabha. 
“Another casualty of no-confidence vote was the TDP, the prime mover of the no confidence motion. The TDP simply failed to tell the members of the House and the people of the country as to why they even failed to unite even the neighbouring state,” he said, alleging that the no confidence motion also created fissures within the Telugu brotherhood of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Akhilesh cautions Rahul 
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday sought to caution Congress president Rahul Gandhi against his controversial hug-diplomacy wherein he had embraced Prime Minister Narendra Modi after speaking on the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha on Friday.
In a tweet from his official Twitter account, the Samajwadi Party (SP) chief referred to a famous Urdu couplet penned by late poet Bashir Badr: Koi haath bhi na milayega, jo gale miloge tapaak se, ye naye mijaaz ka shahar hai, zara fasle se mila karo (If you promptly embrace someone, he will not even shake hands, this is a city of new ways, be careful and keep a distance while meeting someone).
The Congress and SP chiefs, despite a failed and unsuccessful electoral tie-up in the 2017 UP assembly elections have displayed camaraderie. 
The latest tweet is also seen in political circles as an advice from a prospective ally who disapproves of a sudden gesture by Gandhi to Modi.
Gehlot backs Rahul
Congress leader Ashok Gehlot on Saturday backed party President Rahul Gandhi’s hugging of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament on Friday, saying that it was done to wipe out hate politics between the ruling and opposition parties. “Modi has hugged various leaders during his visit to foreign countries. Were they unwanted hugs.
“What will they (the BJP) say to Modi hugging to various top leaders of the other country,” asked the party General Secretary to counter Modi’s comment that he received a unwanted hug from Gandhi. 
Gehlot also added that Gandhi, through his speech on no-confidence motion on Friday, has given a message of following love and brotherhood between the ruling and opposition parties despite the tense environment prevailing among them.
He said that the cause of situation of violence, hatred and instability in the country is due to following of hate politics. “I think the people are understanding all this, and in future, the public will reply to it,” he said.

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