The Congress on Sunday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hugging diplomacy with his global counterparts particularly during the PM’s foreign visits. The opposition party posted a video meme in its official twitter handle comprising Modi’s hugs with Trump, Netanyahu, Macron and Erdogan and termed it as ‘Hugplomacy’.
“With Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu visiting India, we look forward to more hugs from PM Modi!#Hugplomacy,” the INC tweeted.
The twitter meme has captured stills of PM Modi’s hugs alongwith witty captions such as the ‘titanic’ hug with ex-president Hollande, ‘the barely there’ hug with israeli PM Netanyahu, ‘we now pronounce you’ with crown prince of Abu Dhabi and ‘never let you go’ hug with Japanese PM Abe. The video ended with the ‘that’s enough hugs’ with President Trump.
The INC twitter handle has become quite proactive on the lines of Congress President Rahul Gandhi as a few days ago it tweeted a meme on UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath titled ‘Recipe for a BJP star campaigner’, mocking the CM on his policies and giving an account of the number of criminal accusations against him.
When JuD chief Hafiz Saeed was freed from house arrest in Pakistan on November 2017, Gandhi had tweeted, “Narendrabhai, this is not done. Terror mastermind is free. President Trump just delinked Pak military funding from LeT. Hugplomacy fail. More hugs urgently needed.”
The BJP leadership reacted strongly to the tweet as Union Ministers Babul Supriyo and Prakash Javadekar expressed strong reservations against it. While Supriyo used the terms such as ‘low mentality’, Javadekar went ahead to call it ‘political immaturity’ and an insult to PM Modi and guest Netanyahu.
“The tweet proves that Congress leaders have stopped low and shows their low mentality. They are indulging in crass humor to seek attention. Congress has taken another step towards its annihilation,” said Supriyo.