Congress puts up posters of Rahul Gandhi-Narendra Modi hug across Mumbai
The Congress’ Mumbai unit on Sunday put up posters across the city showing its chief Rahul Gandhi hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the opposition party claiming it wanted to tell people that “hatred has no place in society”.
Gandhi’s unexpected gesture, which quickly became an internet sensation, came during a debate on no-confidence motion moved by the TDP against the Modi government on Friday.
The posters, with the slogan ‘nafrat se nahi, pyar se jitenge’ (we will win with love, not hate), aimed to amplify the Congress President’s message that hatred had no place in society, said the party’s Mumbai chief Sanjay Nirupam.
“I liked the picture of the hug published in newspapers. Hence, I decided that the message should be amplified. The poster is our attempt to send across Rahul Gandhi’s message,” Nirupam told PTI.
“Even during his speech, Rahul Gandhi told the PM that hatred has to stop and that he would turn hatred into love,” Nirupam said.
The Congress had backed the former BJP ally during the no-confidence motion. However, the Narendra Modi-led NDA managed to prove a majority despite one of its biggest ally, Shiv Sena, backing out at the last minute.
While the comprehensive win proved to be a morale booster for the BJP ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha poll, the Congress claimed a ‘moral victory’ despite losing the vote.