'I congratulate you for getting to sit in Opposition': Ramdas Athawale's dig at Congress in Lok Sabha evokes laughter from Modi, Rahul, Sonia

New Delhi: Minister of State for Social Justice Ramadas Athawale on Wednesday took jibes at Congress president Rahul Gandhi on his party's drubbing in the Lok Sabha election saying, "I congratulate you that you got the opportunity to sit there (in the Opposition benches)".

 I congratulate you for getting to sit in Opposition: Ramdas Athawales dig at Congress in Lok Sabha evokes laughter from Modi, Rahul, Sonia

Rahul Gandhi, Ramdas Athawale, and Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Felicitating newly-elected Speaker Om Birla shortly after his election in Lok Sabha, Athawale, who heads one of the factions of RPI and known for witty remarks, said that he was approached by the Congress party before the elections but he spurned them because he knew the "wind" was blowing in favour of Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in the House, was seen enjoying the remarks, while Sonia Gandhi was seen talking to Rahul, seated by her side, and occasionally joining the laughter in the House.

"When you were in power, I was with you. Prior to the elections, people in Congress were asking me to come to their side. But I saw that wind was blowing in favour of Modi," said Athawale who is a member of the Rajya Sabha.

Updated Date: Jun 19, 2019 19:32:06 IST