I feel like giving Modi a hug when he abuses me: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul also said that while he disagreed with the prime minister, he never hated him

Addressing an interactive session in a town hall in Odisha’s Bhubaneshwar, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that abuses were the best gift given to him by his political opponents.

“The best thing that has happened to me is the abuse that I have got from the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh). This is the biggest gift that they have given to me,” said he Congress President.

Rahul also said that while he disagreed with the prime minister, he never hated him.

“I realise he (PM Modi) disagrees with me and I disagree with him, and I will fight him and I will try and make sure that he is not the prime minister but I don’t hate him. I give him the right to have his opinion,” said Rahul.

“I look at Mr Modi and when he abuses me, I feel like giving him a hug,”  he added.

Rahul Gandhi’s act of walking across the Lok Sabha to hug the prime minister in July left many stunned and caught PM Modi off guard. The BJP later harped on the Congress president’s wink to his colleague Jyotiraditya Scindia right after that hug, which, the party said, betrayed his insincerity.


Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Odisha comes close on the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s back-to-back visits to the state. The visit is crucial for uniting the party cadre in the state where several senior leaders including two MLAs quit the party recently, a party leader said. Assembly election would be held along with Lok Sabha polls in Odisha soon.