Published On: Fri, Jul 20th, 2018

Lok Sabha Speaker expresses displeasure at Rahul hugging Prime Minister

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Friday expressed her displeasure over Congress President Rahul Gandhi hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi inside Lok Sabha, saying the gesture diminished the decorum of the House.

You (Congress members) might have liked it but I did not

“Even I did not like it. There is a decorum (that we attach) to the Prime Minister’s post. Inside the House, sitting in that seat, he is not Narendra Modi but the Prime Minister of India,” she said.

The Speaker’s observation came soon after the Lok Sabha was reconvened after a brief adjournment during Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s speech.

Resuming his speech, Rajnath Singh said that some people had started the “chipko (hug) movement” inside the House.

Taking a cue from this, Mahajan intervened saying even she did not what Rahul Gandhi had done.

“You (Congress members) might have liked it but I did not. And especially the way he (Rahul Gandhi) winked after hugging the Prime Minister,” she said, adding: “It is upto us to maintain the decorum of this House.”

Mahajan said that Gandhi was like her son but she also deemed it her duty as a mother to polish his manners and etiquette.

Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi took everyone in the Lok Sabha by surprise when he went and hugged Prime Minister Narendra Modi after delivering his speech during the no confidence motion.

“I have not an iota of hatred or hard feelings against you. You hate me, I maybe ‘Pappu’ for you. But I love you and respect you because I am the Congress,” Gandhi said at the end of his speech.

He then walked across to the ruling benches and hugged Modi who was also taken by surprise.

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