The Indian National Congress president Rahul Gandhiâ€™s hug to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the no-confidence debate in the Lok Sabha created a social media meltdown and days after the hug and wink by Gandhi, Congress party workers assembled at Connaught Place, New Delhi on Tuesday and initiated a â€˜free hugâ€™ campaign with placards and banners of â€˜remove enmity, save countryâ€™ and images of Rahul Gandhi hugging PM Modi.
Around 50 Congress Delhi workers hugged people who gathered to witness the scenario.
Delhi: Congress workers organised a 'free hug' campaign at Connaught Place, yesterday. pic.twitter.com/wCLMAdKYLvâ€” ANI (@ANI) July 25, 2018
â€œRahul Gandhi told Parliament that only love and compassion can build a nation. We are here to take his message to the people,â€ said Delhi Congress worker Aniruddh Sharma to news agency ANI.
â€œA hug is a way of giving love. But we also tell people that the idea of India lies in the fact that people from different religions should respect each otherâ€™s faith and live in harmony,â€ he said.
"We are taking his (Rahul) message forward," said Sharma, adding that Rahul hugged PM Modi to spread love.
The Delhi Congress is also strategising a plan to take the hug campaign forward by doing more gatherings at the several Metro stations.
There are plans to start a social media campaign as well.