Rahul was looking for meaning of Hindi words: Congress justifies party president browsing phone during Kovind’s address



The Congress party has justified its president Rahul Gandhis disrespectful conduct during President Ram Nath Kovinds address to the joint sitting of the Parliament on Thursday. While all the MPs, including his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, were seen listening to the President Party spokesperson Anand Sharma refuted the charges on Rahul of being disrespectful. He said that the Congress chief was looking for meaning of Hindi words on his mobile phone. On Thursday, when the President was addressing the newly elected Lok Sabha MPs and members of the Rajya, his first speech after the 17th Lok Sabha was set up, Rahul was seen scrolling through his mobile phone and then typing away for around 24 minutes. There was no disrespect on his part. I think it is very frivolous of the party to make such a comment, he said. Watch video: Rahul Gandhi using mobile phone during Presidents speech Sharma added that it was BJP president and Home Minister Amit Shah who insulted the President as he was talking to his party leaders during the speech. If the footage is taken half of the BJP president will be seen talking to each other, he opined. The President addressed the joint sitting of the Parliament on Thursday in the Central Hall. Rahul was sitting next to his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. When the President mentioned the surgical strikes conducted by defence forces in Uri and Balakot, the entire Central Hall broke into a loud round of applause. All the MPs including Sonia Gandhi were seen thumping the desk. However, Rahul didnt cheer for the Armys valour and it seemed that he was trying to stop his mother from cheering for brave jawans. This prompted Sonia Gandhi to stare at his son a few times but Rahul continued to sit still. On Presidents speech, Sharma said that the address was not of much significance to the Congress party. He said that the speech by the President just repeats the government We don

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