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BJP hits back at Congress over language against PM

23 November 2017

Congress on Tuesday got into a controversy, which the party could have easily avoided and done without.

This evening the verified official twitter handle of Yuva Desh, the online magazine of Indian Youth Congress tweeted a derogatory meme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May where May is seen to be telling Modi "You sell tea". "The Congress has not only insulted the prime minister, but also insulted six crore Gujaratis and 1.25 billion Indians".

Youth Congress president Amarinder Singh Raja Brar tweeted saying the Twitter handle was not an official one and was run by volunteers. "I still take this opportunity and apologize and strongly condemn that tweet".

Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani criticised the Congress party on Wednesday for the derogatory meme, put out by a Congress-linked magazine, on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Reacting sharply to the tweet that was later deleted from the Twitter page, BJP said, "This blatantly classist and anti-poor tweet by Youth Congress shows their mindset towards India's poor".

The seasoned politician was making a remark based on the present Prime Minister's job as a tea vendor in the latter's childhood.

The tweet drew severe flack and has since then been deleted. When the party is already in a crucial situation ahead of the Gujarat polls, it should not have forgotten that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi wears the "Chaiwala" tag with pride and not disgrace.

In his campaign, Mr Modi, offering his credentials as a self-made leader, stressed the fact that he sold tea as a young child on trains to help support his family. The BJP members has many a times used it as an example of internal democracy within the BJP, saying any person anywhere in the country can ascend to the top.

With political discourse often getting reduced to vituperative outburst, senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi targeted Modi and the BJP over it, and sought apology.

The comment massively backfired, Congress was dethroned and BJP made history by not only winning majority in the general elections, but doing it by a fair margin.

Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar had made a similar comment mocking the old days of Modi at the All India Congress Committee convention.

Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar had, in January 2014, before the Modi-wave took the nation by surprise, said "Modi would never become prime minister, but he was welcome to serve tea to Congressmen". "But if he wants to distribute tea here, we will find a place for him", he had said.

BJP hits back at Congress over language against PM