Published: Fri, November 24, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Youth Congress calls Modi 'Chai-wala'; tenders apology, pulls down tweet

Youth Congress calls Modi 'Chai-wala'; tenders apology, pulls down tweet

Coming down hard at the Congress over a meme on official Twitter handle of the Indian Youth Congress online magazine "Yuva Desh" targetting the Prime Minister, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said, "The person (PM Modi) whom they taunt as "chaiwala" is the one under whose leadership India saw a phenomenal jump in Moody's & Ease of Doing Business rankings". The meme has a caricature where PM Modi is standing with US President Donald Trump and United Kingdom leader Theresa May.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday hit out at the Congress, saying the grand old party can't endure Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as he has set an example of politics of development.

In the picture, May could be seen advising Modi to sell tea after he wrongly punctuates the word "meme'".

The Congress leader's barb backfired and BJP under PM Modi registered a landslide victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. It showed Modi telling the two leaders about the Opposition's memes targeting him.

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It has irked the BJP leadership, prompting Gujarat Chief Minister and prominent BJP leader in Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, to tweet to Rahul Gandhi and ask him if he approved of this.

Randeep Singh Surjewala, the chief spokesperson of the Congress Party tweeted INC strongly disapproves & rejects such humour through memes.

"Madam Sonia Gandhi and Mr Rahul Gandhi do you still believe that only you have a divine right to rule India?" His tweet also said, "Differences on policy and opinion aside, Congress culture imbibes respect for PM and all political opponents". "U can delete the Tweet but ur thinking towards the poor stands exposed", an ensuing tweet read.

Youth Congress in-charge Suraj Hegde also took the "volunteer" line of explanation and said, "We condemn this and are apologetic".

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