No animosity, only love in my heart, so I hugged PM Modi, says Rahul Gandhi

The Congress chief recounted how after his father Rajiv hugged him, he felt all his anger after his grandmother's assassination dissipate.

Published: 24th February 2019 12:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th February 2019 12:19 AM   |  A+A-


Congress President Rahul Gandhi hugs Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his speech in the Lok Sabha on 'no-confidence motion' during the Monsoon Session of Parliament in New Delhi. (Photo | PTI)


NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Saturday said he held "no animosity" towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi, citing the hug he gave him in Parliament last July.

Gandhi said he hugged the prime minister, despite Modi criticising his family in the House.

The Congress chief referred to the incident, which had created a flutter last year, in response to a question during an interaction with university students here.

"You (Modi) may have anger and hatred toward me, but it is not in my heart. I have love," Gandhi said.

"In reality, I hold no animosity towards him," the Congress chief said.

He also took a veiled dig at the prime minister, claiming that after the hug, "Modi felt how someone showed love to me (Modi)?" Gandhi went on to extol the virtues of hugs, and urged the youth to try it with those classmates who harbour any grudge or feeling of animosity towards them.

"Try it, it is magic," he said.

He also recalled an incident after his grandmother Indira Gandhi's death to emphasise the power of hugs.

"My grandmother was more than my mother, as my mother was a disciplinarian and I would often hide behind my grandmother. After her assassination, I was very disturbed. I was very angry," he said.

Gandhi said his father, Rajiv Gandhi, was in Bengal during that time.

"When my father came back, he hugged me and that anger dissolved," he recalled.

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  • Swa

    True LOVE is not a material to spin out political capital. Truly loving takes naturally inherent courage and unadulterated transparent sincerity and sense of belonging. And also a famous author the book “Speed of Trust” put it — You cannot get out of situation you have behaved yourself into
    11 months ago reply
  • Viswanath

    Great. But looking at the way Pappu lectures against Mr.Modi
    1 year ago reply
  • Methink

    Oh eh. What about the wink afterwards?
    1 year ago reply
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