NEW DELHI: Known for his funny speeches and remarks, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale left the Lok Sabha in splits after he extended wishes to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on his 49th birthday today. Athawale, during his welcome speech on the election of Om Birla as the Lok Sabha speaker, mocked Rahul Gandhi at his loss from the family bastion of Amethi.
Athawale left Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, apart from many others, in splits with his remarks. The Republican Party of India (RPI) chief said, “Wining and losing is a part and parcel of politics. While one wins, the other loses. Rahulji, you have got this chair and I congratulate you for this.”
Athawale continued providing comic relief to his colleagues by saying that Congress had asked him to switch camps and join UPA before the Lok Sabha elections in 2019 but he refused the offer. He said, “I stopped on this side (BJP) sensing the direction, in which the wind was blowing. I knew which way the wind was blowing.”
Athawale said Modi would continue to do good work and won’t let the Congress regain power in the coming 15 years. He said, “Now, our government will run for five years, and for another five years, and five years again. We will keep doing good job; Modi sahib will continue to do the good work. We will not let you come to this side so easily.”
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#WATCH:Ramdas Athawale in Lok Sabha says,”Rahul ji aapko wahan baithne ka mauka mila isiliye aapko badhai deta hoon.Jab apki satta thi tab main aapke saath tha.Chunav ke pehle mujhe Congress wale bol rahe the idhar aao.Maine hawa ka rukh dekha ki woh Modi ji ki taraf ja rahi hai” pic.twitter.com/p6ccS4mNKI
— ANI (@ANI) June 19, 2019