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No-confidence motion: What made PM Modi laugh during Rahul Gandhi’s Parliament speech

During no-confidence motion debate, Rahul Gandhi’s comments on the Prime Minister’s trips abroad caused a riot of laughter from the treasury bench and even forced Modi to join in.

india Updated: Jul 20, 2018 19:31 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Congress President Rahul Gandhi interacts with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his speech in the Lok Sabha on 'no-confidence motion' during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on July 20.(PTI Photo)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi made Prime Minister Narendra Modi laugh despite his fierce attack on the government during his speech at the no-confidence motion debate in Parliament on Friday.

His comments on the Prime Minister’s trips abroad caused a riot of laughter from the treasury bench and even forced Modi to join in.

“PM bahaar mein jaate hain (the PM goes outside),” Gandhi said.

However, what the Congress leader meant by outside was abroad. Gandhi immediately realised his mistake as the laughter became raucous and carried on.

“Bahaar jaate hain matlab hai abroad jaate hain. Obama ke paas, Trumpji ke paas. Magar apna jo security cover hai usse bahar nahi nikalte hain. Pradhan Mantriji ki chhote dukaandaron se, small businesses se baat nahi hoti. Pradhan Mantri ki baat kewal suit-boot wale 15-20 sabse bade businessmen se hoti hai (PM Modi goes abroad but he never comes out of his security cover. He doesn’t speak to small shop owners or business. He only speaks to 15 or 20 big businessmen in suits),” Gandhi continued as the Prime Minister had his laugh.

The Congress president continued his attack and at the end, he surprised everyone by hugging Modi.

First Published: Jul 20, 2018 19:11 IST