Top

PM Modi says he is a common man but only hugs the privileged, not farmers or jawans: Rahul Gandhi

PM Modi says he is a common man but only hugs the privileged, not farmers or jawans: Rahul Gandhi
Highlights

Congress President Rahul Gandhi today alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi embraces only privileged people and not farmers, labourers or jawans.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi today alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi embraces only privileged people and not farmers, labourers or jawans.

Gandhi's remarks came after Modi defended his trademark hugging of world leaders in a TV interview, saying he was unaware of laid down protocols as he is a common man.

"He claims he is a common man, but embraces only the privileged. Modiji, what is your compulsion... it's important that farmers, labourers and jawans are also hugged," Gandhi wrote on Twitter.

The Congress chief has often denounced Modi s way of greeting world leaders with a hug.

The party had earlier put up a video mocking Modi for hugging world leaders.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi candidly defended his trademark hugs with world leaders, saying he was unaware of laid down protocols as he is a common man and this has become his strength, as his openness was liked by the world leaders.

In an exclusive interview to Zee News, PM Modi also said his basic nature has been "to convert adversity into opportunity".The statement comes days after being mocked by the Congress over his hugs. PM Modi during his interview said had he been "trained", he too would have followed the laid down protocols of shaking hands and "looking left and right" with world leaders.

"I do not know all the protocols as I am a common man. The openness of this common man is liked by the world. Friendly relations come in handy," he said in the interview to Zee news.

He further said, "Had I been trained like others...I too would have followed those protocols of looking right and left, had shaken hands. But I am an ordinary person...I only try to ensure that no harm ever happens to my country (due to this)," A few days ago, the Congress had posted a tweet mocking Modi for hugging world leaders, evoking a sharp reaction from the BJP that slammed it as "immature" and demanded an apology.

"When I became the prime minister, there was criticism that Modi neither knows nor understands anything which is outside Gujarat...," Modi said. "Everybody used to ask me how will I conduct my foreign policy. And in a way, this criticism was right because I did not have any experience. I got the benefit of not having experience. I did not have any baggage," he said. Asked how he feels when he stands next to world leaders, he said, "My only feeling is that it is not Narendra Modi who is standing there but the representative of 1.25 billion people".

Show Full Article
Print Article

Download The Hans India Android App or iOS App for the Latest update on your phone.
Subscribed Failed...
Subscribed Successfully...
Next Story
More Stories