New Delhi, Feb 7 : A sort of unthinkable happened on Thursday in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour when Rae Bareli MP and Congress stalwart Sonia Gandhi thumped desks in appreciation of works of Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.
The momentous occasion came when some BJP members urged Mallikarjun Kharge and other Congress members to record their appreciation for Mr Gadkari and his ministry's works. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi led the Congress in the House appreciating Mr Gadkari for the "wonderful" work he has been doing in improving the country's infrastructure.
The House took up two questions related to Mr Gadkari's ministry in which he gave detailed description of the works being executed and works being undertaken for expanding the country's network. "I must say here that all MPs, cutting across political affiliations, have been appreciating me for the work being done by my ministry in their respective constituencies," a joyous looking Mr Gadkari remarked.
As Mr Gadkari completed the replies to supplementary queries amidst thumping of desks by ruling BJP members, saffron party member from Madhya Pradesh Ganesh Singh stood up and urged Speaker Sumitra Mahajan that the House should appreciate the "wonderful" works being carried out by the Minister - who was also BJP national president from 2009 to 2013.
At this, Sonia Gandhi, who all through was patiently listening to Mr Gadkari and often was seen nodding in response to his replies, smiled and started thumping the desks as a sign of appreciation.
Seeing this, Congress MPs, including party leader in Lok Sabha Kharge, too started thumping the desks appreciating Mr Gadakri's work.
This happened at a time when a heightened confrontation between Congress and BJP as Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra is questioned by the Enforcement Directorate. A few days back, Congress president Rahul Gadhi had appreciated Mr Gadkari for being the only one in the BJP with 'guts'.
The minister had, hit back at Mr Gandhi, saying he does not need a certificate from him on his courage and alleged that the Congress chief is taking the help of reports "twisted" by the media to attack the Modi government.
Answering to supplementary queries, Mr Gadkari said the new express highway between New Delhi and Mumbai will enable car travellers to traverse the distance within 12 hours. He also said the transparent system enforced by the Modi government had helped to save Rs 1,6000 crore. (UNI)