You may have seen politicians make fiery speeches. You may have seen them being unrealistic while making promises in public. You may have seen them accusing other political parties. But seldom would you have seen politicians being emotional and crying their heart out in public gatherings. However, there have been several instances of top leaders across the world who broke down in public. From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to former US President Barack Obama, several politicians have let out their tears on a public platform.
Here is a list of 7 politicians who did not shy away from expressing themselves in public:
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks, the world listens. Even though he was referred as ‘Loh Purush’, there have been several instances where he has cried while addressing the masses. The first time he was seen weeping was while he addressed Parliament after being named as the PM elect. Referring to LK Advani’s speech where the veteran BJP leader said that Modi had done a favour to BJP, the Prime Minister paused and broke down asking the former to never use the term adding that working for his motherland was no favour.
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He also broke down during a Facebook town hall with Mark Zuckerberg while speaking about the hardship that his mother had gone through.
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He had also wept while addressing a gathering, days after announcing he made the iconic announcement to demonetise old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
The former POTUS has also shed tears in public on numerous occasions. Obama had turned tearful while speaking about the demise of his grandmother and also while talking about gun violence. Obama was referring to shooting in an elementary school in the US when he campaigned for a change in US gun laws.
He was also moved to tears during his farewell speech while talking about Michelle Obama and his two children.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh burst into tears and cried hysterically on television while speaking about farmer Gajendra Singh’s death in a rally organised by his party. The deceased farmer’s daughter questioned the AAP leader asking how could they continue with their speeches while her father hanged herself at the rally. “I was there. I should have said something,” Ashutosh said as he wept.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is one of the most loved world leaders. The politicians moved to tears while meeting a Syrian refugee who he had welcomed into Canada. Trudeau got really emotional when the Syrian recalled the day he was welcomed in the country.
Rajya Sabha MP and actress Jaya Bachchan comes across as a strong headed woman when you listen to her interviews. However, Jaya Bachchan is also among the several politicians who have cried in public. In a rather emotional speech, Jaya Bachchan cried her heart out while speaking about the Delhi gangrape case. She cried while addressing the media at a rally joined by hundreds of people who came together to mourn the death of a 23-year-old paramedical student who was gangraped in a moving bus on December 16, 2012.
During US presidential campaign in New Hampshire in 2008, Hillary Clinton was asked how she gets out of the doors every day, Hillary made a few jokes initially but turned emotional saying, “I just don’t want to see us fall backwards as a nation.”
“I mean, this is very personal for me. Not just political. I see what’s happening. We have to reverse it,” she added.
Former Delhi chief minister, Sheila Dikshit cried during a television interview while talking about the December 16 gangrape victim. She said that even though the government could not take away the pain and suffering that the family was going through, she had tried her best to offer the assistance required.
“She belongs to a middle-class family. I cannot compensate the suffering that you are going through. I offered to help and provide any assistance needed to save her life. Her family is silently suppressing their anger and despair and everybody is feeling their pain,” she said.
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