Almost six months on from his infamous wink to Jyotiraditya Scindia in the Lok Sabha after hugging the Prime Minister during the no-confidence motion brought on by the TDP, Rahul Gandhi's winking abilities made a reappearance in Parliament on Friday during the course of an explosive debate over the Rafale deal.
The incident took place while AIADMK MP and Deputy Speaker of the house M Thambi Durai was making his submissions during the debate, while standing right in front of Rahul Gandhi who was once again sitting with Scindia.
Thambi Durai was speaking on the decision to award the Rafale offset contract to Anil Ambani's Reliance, and not to state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), asking a question along the lines of why, if the government was intent on promoting 'Make in India', it gave the contract to a "new company". At this, the MPs around him began to applaud, slapping their hands on the desks. Rahul Gandhi also joined in the applause. A second later, as someone from behind him made to say something, Rahul Gandhi craned his neck to deliver an unmistakable wink.
It was in July that Rahul Gandhi had marched over to the Prime Minister after concluding his speech in the no-confidence motion (where he had also made allegations in the Rafale issue) and had asked PM Modi to stand up. When PM Modi appeared to not understand what Rahul Gandhi was asking, the Congress president unceremoniously hugged him while he remained in his seat. Later, back in his seat, Rahul Gandhi winked at Jyotiraditya Scindia -- something that was referred to the Prime Minister when he was making his own speech later in the same motion, when he spoke along the lines of Rahul Gandhi being so impatient to get in his chair (indicating the PM's post) that he asked him to vacate it without even being elected to power.
Watch Rahul Gandhi wink in the video above.
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