However after his scathing attack on Prime Minister Modi, Gandhi walked up to him, hugged and shook hands. The PM recovered soon, to call Gandhi back and pat him on the back, while managing a smile. Members also cheered the gesture.
After returning to his corner seat in the second row, the Congress president winked at his party colleagues - Jyotiraditya Scindia and KC Venugopal. "Symptoms of the jumla strike is that first there is a great sense of excitement and happiness".
The Hindu nationalist BJP calls Gandhi, the fourth-generation scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, a "failed dynast" out of touch with ordinary people whose only political credential is the accident of his birth.
"The topics that Rahul Gandhi had raised today, did have some base", he said in an interview. "The government seems to have forgotten that most of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) operate in cash". We proposed a single rate GST but the BJP had then opposed it. Don't forget this. This feeling is there within all of you, and I will bring it out from all of you.
Gandhi asked the government to reveal the price of the Rafael aircraft deal, claiming that French President Emmanuel Macron told him in March the purchasing agreement had no secrecy clause. He started with a direct attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, mocking his failure to deliver election promises made during 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
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Sharply criticising the deal with the French government for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets, he said the Prime Minister unilaterally announced the deal during the visit to Paris. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman stated that the details of the deal can not be revealed since a secrecy agreement was signed in 2008 with France and Rafale deal was also covered in it.
Sitharaman said the pact was inked during the UPA regime when A K Antony was the defence minister. "He is looking away, not looking into my eyes", he said, intensifying protests from the treasury benches with opposition members members rising to their feet to counter them. "Rahul Gandhi did create quake", said Marya Shakil, political editor of CNN-News18 news channel, adding that it was now over to Modi to come up with a reply.
The third Lok Sabha, from 1962 to 1967 saw three Prime Ministers: Nehru, Shastri and Gandhi.
The Prime Minister was taken aback at first and gestured as if asking Gandhi why he was there. "After that there is shock and then regret", said Gandhi.