Youth Congress 'chaiwala' meme leaves opposition red faced

Youth Congress mocks PM Modi with'chaiwala meme draws flak

In 2014, veteran Congress lawmaker Mani Shankar Aiyar had jibed, "Modi can sell tea, but never be PM".

However, the tweet was deleted a few hours after it was posted as Congress went into damage control.

However, the Congress distanced itself from the meme and said that the party has always believed in respecting the prime minister as well as political opponents.

"If Congress has not learnt their lesson till now, then I don't think they will ever learn it", Jaitley said, when questioned about the derogatory tweet.

In fact, it's not only Modi but also the BJP that draws great strength from the prime minister's "humble origins".

Two months later, the BJP won the election by a landslide majority and the Congress' fortunes have been eroding steadily ever since.

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Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar had made a similar comment mocking the old days of Modi at the All India Congress Committee convention. "But if he wants to distribute tea here, we will find a place for him", Mr Aiyar infamously said.

The tweet has been deleted since, with Congress' communication department head Randeep Surjewala tweeting, "INC strongly disapproves and rejects such humour through memes. Despite political differences with the BJP and having suffered everyday abuse from their leaders, we respect the Prime Minister and all political opponents", Raja tweeted.

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, during campaigning in Gujarat had earlier asked the party members not to make personal comments on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley took a swipe at the Congress over the "chaiwala" meme aimed at Modi. Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat, which will have Assembly elections next month, took the opportunity to slam the party and taunt Rahul Gandhi.

But that hasn't pacified the BJP leaders. Country expects ur response on the tweet of the youth Congress, which is shameful & insulting to poor.

BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao said, "This is a crude attempt to ridicule over 90% of India's population that is unfamiliar with the English language..."

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