Congress Mocks 'Hugplomacy' Of PM Modi In Video, Gets Slammed By BJP

| January 15 , 2018 , 09:40 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known for his tradition of hugging foreign leaders during his many trips abroad, which has been mocked by the Opposition as 'Hugplomacy'. The Congress released a video on Sunday on its official Twitter handle, comprising of a mashup of memes of PM Modi hugging foreign leaders, on the same day PM Modi welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a hug.

Various BJP leaders slammed the Opposition party for mocking the PM, as well as for the timing of the release of the video, coinciding with the arrival of the Israeli PM.

In the video, the Congress mocked Prime Minister Modi greeting several world leaders by adding comic one-liners below. The world leaders in the video included US President Donald Trump, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and current French President Emmanuel Macron as well as former French President Francois Hollande.

"The video is absolutely despicable. It is making fun of the Prime Minister of India that too with the other global leaders of the countries with whom we have good relations. This is a new thinking of the Congress Party under the supervision of Rahul Gandhi. It must be condemned in every possible manner," senior BJP leader Nalin Kohli told ANI.

"This is a thinking which is alien to India as in India we greet with warmth and hugging is a part of our friendly nature. Making fun of the Prime Minister by the Congress party for something which is very Indian and is a part of our culture and that too tweeting it, is condemnable. The video is clearly made in abroad," Kohli added.

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BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra called the Congress party's tweet appalling.

"This is not the way you talk about the Indian Prime Minister and that too when foreign dignitary, Israel Prime Minister is on the Indian soil. The entire world is watching as what is happening to India and Israel relationship. Is this the way main Opposition party of India behaves?" Patra asked.

"First they called him `Neech` (a low life) and earlier they said "Tu Jake Chai Bech" (go and sell tea) and now we have this kind of tweet. Is this the understanding of the Congress Party as far as the foreign policy is concerned?" he questioned.

Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar also slammed the video.

"Congress lacks concrete issues to discuss so they tweeted a disgusting video showing PM Modi when he was receiving Israel PM. This not only insults our PM but also a guest," Javadekar said.