What are you smoking: Harsimrat Kaur to Rahul Gandhi
Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal claimed that Rahul Gandhi had accused Punjabis of being "nashedi (drug addicts)". Taking potshots at Rahul Gandhi, the minister asked what did he have today before coming to Parliament.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on several issues including Rafale jet deal. After his scathing speech, Gandhi walked across the green-carpeted well of the Lok Sabha to PM Modi and hugged him.
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Modi, who initially looked surprised, obliged. He even called the Congress president back for a handshake, and whispered a few words in his ear. We have no way of knowing what they were -- but he was smiling.
Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur stood up and took objection to Gandhi's hug saying he cannot do this "pappi-jhappi moment" in Parliament.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who looked amused as Gandhi walked across the House, sounded less impressed a few seconds later: "This is not necessary".
Resuming his speech after a break forced by disruptions, Gandhi said that members of the ruling coalition also appreciated his speech when the House was adjourned briefly. He further referred to Badal, sitting on the Treasury benches, that the woman leader from the Akali Dal was also smiling at him.
Later, talking to reporters outside Parliament about the event that unfolded in the House, she accused Gandhi of resorting to "dramebaazi".
"They call us Punjabis as nashedi (drug addicts). So I also asked him with a smile 'aaj aap kaunsa kar ke aae hai (what did you take today). He failed to realise my gesture but only saw me smiling," she said.
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During his speech, Gandhi said that opponents may hate him, call him "Pappu" but he has no anger or hatred against the prime minister.