Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

#BhookampAaGaya: How Twitterati reacted to Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Lok Sabha

#BhookampAaGaya: How Twitterati reacted to Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Lok Sabha

During the debate ahead of the vote, opposition Congress president Rahul Gandhi created a stir when he walked over to the treasury benches to hug Mr Modi after a speech in which he criticised the Prime Minister on a range of issues, including women's safety.

Rahul Gandhi, in his speech in the No-Confidence motion against the Narendra Modi led NDA government, cornered the government on a number of issues and especially the Rafale Missile deal. Soon after the announcement, all BJD MPs walked out of the lower House while the discussion on the Motion picked up momentum.

The Congress leaders hailed Gandhi's speech and claimed that his gesture to hug Modi was a "masterstroke" which took the prime minister and the BJP by surprise. Modi initially looked non-plussed and did not stand up, but recovered quickly and called Gandhi back and patted him on the back. The caption read: "If Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared nonplussed by Rahul Gandhi's hug, the BJP later deployed minister Ananth Kumar to describe the universal gesture of goodwill and peace as "childish". I will once again urge the state governments to punish those who indulge in violence", he said.

Modi also hit out at Gandhi's bhagidar (collaborator) remark, saying he is a chowkidar and a bhagidar, but not a saudagar (trader) or thekedar (contractor) like the Congress president. Modi called the no-confidence motion "a forced test of the Congress allies" and claimed that some people harboured a desire to take his place. The prime minister shook hands with him but ignored Gandhi's request to stand so that he could hug him.

The Congress president alleged that Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was lying to the country under pressure from the prime minister.

"As the president of the French Republic indicated publicly in an interview given to India Today on March 9, 2018, in India and in France, when a deal is very sensitive, we can't reveal all details", the official said.

According to details available with Lok Sabha secretariat, six no-confidence motions were moved in the third and the fourth Lok Sabha, the maximum. Taking on Modi directly, Rahul accused the PM of benefitting some "suit-boot" businessmen while destroying the informal business sector through demonetisation. You hate me, I maybe "Pappu" for you. As for the opposition, regional party Biju Janata Dal also said it would abstain from the vote.

As the Speaker said that she was smiling when Gandhi was speaking, there was a burst of laughter in the House.

The prime minister also condemned the incidents of rape and atrocities against women and said "any instance of violence brings shame to the nation".

The GST was conceived by the Congress and opposed by Modi, then Gujarat chief minister, he said, adding that his party wanted one tax slab but the NDA government opted for several tax rates and sent income tax officials to homes of small traders.

He blamed the Congress for division of the country at the time of the independence, as also for division of Andhra Pradesh in a manner which had left the people there unhappy.

Opposition leaders, however, hope to reap political gains ahead of national elections early next year.

Accusing the Opposition of portraying a wrong message that the government is anti-Dalit, Paswan said the change in reservation policy was directed by the Supreme Court and not the government. 451 members were present in the Lok Sabha and the half-way mark was 226.

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