At launch of journalist Karan Thapar’s book Devils Advocate: The Untold Story, Gandhi says politics today has become ‘us versus them’.
New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi continues to refer to his famous hug of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the debate on the No-confidence motion in Parliament. On Wednesday, he once again reiterated that while politicians can oppose each other, they should hug each other as well.
He was speaking at the release of Devils Advocate: The Untold Story, a book written by veteran journalist Karan Thapar.
To emphasise his point, Rahul pointed to senior BJP leader L.K. Advani, who was present, and said, “I might have a difference of opinion with Advaniji and his idea of India is completely different from mine. But I don’t hate him. In fact, I will hug him.”
He also took a jibe at the BJP for creating a political atmosphere of anger and hate.
“Politics today has become us versus them and the winner takes all. But from the inside, a lot of us are not designed like this. So while I may go and hug a BJP leader, I don’t know whether I can expect the same from them,” said Gandhi. “Nowadays, the BJP MPs whenever they see me, they step back fearing that I may hug them.”
Apart from Rahul, former vice-president Hamid Ansari, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and other Congress leaders were present at the book launch.