Even as the Lok Sabha witnessed a tense and acrimonious debate on Friday over the no-confidence motion against the NDA government, Congress president Rahul Gandhi's gesture of walking to the treasury benches to hug Prime Minister Narendra Modi dominated screens and social media.
The Congress party termed his speech as "dramebaazi" (theatrics).
The motion was defeated by 325-126 votes by the lawmakers.
During his 20-minute long speech, the Congress chief attacked the Centre on a range of issues and said, "You may think I have a lot of hatred for the BJP and Prime Minister Modi".
Textiles Minister Smriti Irani accused Gandhi of indulging in rhetoric and asked him back up his accusations with proof.
"What is the hurry", Modi said, while referring to Gandhi's hand gestures when he came across to PM's chair and hugged him during the non-confidence motion debate.
The BJP leaders have been acting "out of fear" as "other processes" will start if they lose power and this has generated anger which is "crushing" India, Gandhi said.
Earlier, Gandhi accused the government of withholding information on a deal with France to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets in 2016. "We will do everything possible for the development of the states", he said while replying to the debate on the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha.
Taking the treasury benches by surprise and startling the PM for a moment, Rahul walked over and hugged Modi.
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Continuing his tirade against the Congress, Prime Minister Modi said, it is the floor test for the Congress and its so-called friends and allies. "We have appealed against the verdict and obtained a stay", he said.
He said everybody knew the relationship Modi has with some people and everybody can see the amount of money going into "marketing" the prime minister.
"Yes, I am bhagidar, but not thekedar (middlemen) like you", he said.
He said the major opposition party had brought the no-trust motion "to spread instability in the country". Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, on resumption of the proceedings of the House, cautioned that the tradition of Parliament demanded proof for allegations.
He rounded it off saying he was both a chowkidar and a bhagidar (sentinel as well as the partner of the poor) and never a "saudagar or thekedar" (those who strike deals and contracts).On Rafale, he admonished Rahul in an nearly paternalistic tone for bringing disrepute to a defence procurement entered into by two nations.
He blamed the Congress for division of the country at the time of the independence, as also for division of Andhra Pradesh in a manner which had left the people there unhappy. "She destabilised Atal-Ji's government and never formed one herself", he said.
He then blamed the Congress for the "NPA problem". 451 members were present in the Lok Sabha and the half-way mark was 226.