With a hug and a wink, Congress president Rahul Gandhi entered Prime Minister Narendra Modi's turf, turning the debate on the no-confidence motion into a political blockbuster on TV screens on Friday.
He called the no-trust motion the work of Congress arrogance and slammed the party for not "trusting" the programmes and initiatives of his government and institutions like the Chief Justice of India, Reserve Bank of India and EVMs.
Gandhi accused the Modi government of buying 36 Rafael fighter aircraft from France at a highly inflated price - almost triple the price being negotiated when Congress was in power before Modi became prime minister in 2014.
The Congress on Friday said that its President Rahul Gandhi hugging Prime Minster Narendra Modi inside Lok Sabha was an "unscripted" gesture that took "BJPs breath away".
He came up with a tweet for Rahul Gandhi after his gesture in Lok Sabha and felt that he spoke his heart out in front of everyone. And that too minutes after @HarsimratBadal_ said that Parliament is not for "Munna Bhai's puppy- jhappis", a Twitter user said.
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Targeting Modi, he said, "I can see him smiling".
Modi and Shah were "different types of politicians" as they can not afford to lose power unlike the Congress which is okay to losing it and being in and out of power.
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Sumanth Raman, also a journalist, called his move to hug Modi "audacious".
"When the Chinese President comes to India, Modi sits with him on a swing in Gujarat".
"The topics that Rahul Gandhi had raised today, did have some base", he said in an interview. Besides highlighting the speeches by Gandhi and Modi, it also devoted space to the Congress' claim that the hug was spontaneous, while the BJP described it as drama.
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Earlier, Rahul Gandhi launched a blistering attack on the BJP mascot, accusing him of being a bhagidar" (collaborator) in corruption and not a "chowkidar" and saying people were victims of his "jumla' strikes.
Ananth Kumar said the no-confidence motion was defeated by a decisive margin.
Congress later voted against Modi's government despite the brief bonhomie on the parliament floor.
The Prime Minister showcased the achievements of the government-electrification of 18,000 villages, healthcare for all, LPG for the poor, initiatives for farmers and the flagship Goods and Services Tax.
The BJP and RSS have taught him what it means to be in the Congress, what Lord Shiva means and what being a Hindu means, he said. "Rahul Gandhi did create quake", said Marya Shakil, political editor of CNN-News18 news channel, adding that it was now over to Modi to come up with a reply.
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