Politics in any country always make headlines. Especially when two leaders of respective parties come face to face or make any contact. Indian politics has always been making headlines and an incident of Congress president Rahul Gandhi hugging respected Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making headlines on various social media platforms.
The Congress president's jaw-dropping gesture during the no-confidence motion debate in parliament shocked everyone. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan then disapproved and admonished Rahul Gandhi.
While discussing on subjects ranging from the Rafale deal to GST (Goods and Services Tax), demonetisation and foreign policy, Rahul Gandhi had said repeatedly: "You can't look me in the eye." The PM, sitting directly across, smiled. Then came the big twist.
"You can abuse me, you can call me Pappu, but I don't have a speck of hatred against you. I will take out this hatred out of you and turn it into love. I am the Congress," said Mr Gandhi, making a surprising reference to the rivals use for him.
"You taught me what it means to be a Hindustani, what it means to be a Hindu. It means to love somebody even if they attack you."
He then left his seat, walked across the floor and wrapped his arms awkwardly around the Prime Minister, who looked startled. Known for his bear-hugs for world leaders, PM Modi froze in his seat.
As the Congress chief started walking away, the PM recovered and grabbed his sleeve. He was seen saying something into Mr Gandhi's ear and patting him.
"There is some decorum of the house. (PM Modi) was sitting in the prime minister's seat. I did not like it," responded the Speaker, who had been seen grinning throughout the Rahul Gandhi-PM Modi into the moment. "Such conduct is against the rules of the House," she said.
Lawmakers across the house cheered and thumped their desks wildly. Have a look at a tweet by Shashi Tharoor.
He tweeted, "What an astonishing performance by Rahul Gandhi. It was a game-changing speech, tearing apart the Govt 's claims & ending with that unscripted hug that has literally taken the BJP's breath away."
Sonia Gandhi told a leading news channel that she was "very happy" with son Rahul's performance and "I am happy the media is changing too."