Rahul Gandhi browses phone as President Ram Nath Kovind addresses joint sitting

Updated: Jun 20, 2019, 23:25 IST | mid-day online correspondent |

During President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament, Congress president Rahul Gandhi was seen browsing through his phone which has created a major controversy

Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi

On Thursday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi landed in a fresh controversy for not paying attention to President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament. Congress president Rahul Gandhi was seen browsing through his phone as President Ram Nath Kovind addressed both the houses and its members.

Gandhi, who won the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Wayanad, Kerala was busy browsing through his phone for over 20 minutes when Kovind was addressing the first joint sitting of the 17th Lok Sabha and even talked to other leaders.

On the other hand, Rahul's mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was seen listening to the one-hour long speech of the President with full attention and focus. The UPA chairperson was also seen thumping the table in appreciation when the entire Central Hall of Parliament broke into applause after the President mentioned the Uri surgical strikes and the Balakot airstrike.

Rahul Gandhi, however, kept on browsing his mobile. He continued staring on the floor even after Sonia Gandhi seemed to nudge him not to do so.

Soon after engaging himself in a fresh controversy, Rahul Gandhi started to trend on social networking site Twitter with netizens trolling Congress president with #AreYouSeriousRahul.

Here's how Twitterati reacted to Rahul Gandhi's gesture of browsing the phone during President Kovind's speech:

With inputs from IANS

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