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‘Our wives will divorce us if Rahul Gandhi hugs us,’ says BJP lawmaker

The MP’s statement comes a day after Congress president Rahul Gandhi said the BJP MPs take “two steps back” on seeing him fearing he may embrace them.

india Updated: Jul 27, 2018 15:33 IST
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After a no-holds barred and scathing criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on several issues, including the Rafale jet deal, Gandhi had walked across the well of the Lok Sabha to hug him. (PTI file phot)

A day after Rahul Gandhi said BJP MPs step back on seeing him as they fear he might hug them, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey took a jibe, saying the leaders may be divorced by their wives if they embrace the Congress president as “Section 377 hasn’t been scrapped as yet”.

Dubey said BJP MPs can hug Gandhi only when the Congress president gets married.

“Why should we hug him. Section 377 hasn’t been scrapped as yet. And our wives will also divorce to us. If Rahul Gandhi gets married, then we will hug him,” he said.

The IPC’s Section 377criminalises sex among people of the same gender.

Yesterday, at an event, Gandhi said the BJP’s MPs take “two steps back” on seeing him fearing he may embrace them.

Gandhi was severely criticised by BJP leaders for hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the no-confidence motion debate in Parliament last week.

The Congress chief had said he may have a difference of opinion with the ruling party leaders and he can fight them, but he doesn’t need to hate them.

After a no-holds barred and scathing criticism of Modi on several issues including the Rafale jet deal, Gandhi had walked across the well of the Lok Sabha to the prime minister and hugged him.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed)

First Published: Jul 27, 2018 14:20 IST