Youth Congress Twitter meme mocks Modi

Kristopher Drake
November 23, 2017

It was a winter afternoon on 2014 in an All India Congress Committee convention in New Delhi where Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar invited the then NDA's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to sell tea there. The tweet by the Youth Congress shows their mindset towards India's poor.

The controversial tweet was deleted after the Congress went into damage control.

Singhvi also recalled that the prime minister had likened the Congress to "termite" while campaigning in Himachal Pradesh.

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. The party seems to have forgotten that Modi wears the "chaiwala" tag like a badge of honour, and not an insult. While attacking the Congress they have always said that the party does not know what it meas to rise from the root level, as the party has only seen dynasty politics where the power has been passed from one to another within the family.

According to the political experts, mocking Modi over his tea selling days will not insult him rather add to his strength. The BJP mounted a spirited counteroffensive with Union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore insisting: "If somebody has been abused the most after independence, it is Narendra Modi".

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

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".

Congress quickly distanced them from the controversy and said, "Congress strongly disapproves and rejects such humour through memes. Differences in policy and opinion aside, Congress culture imbibes respect for the PM and all political opponents".

But that hasn't pacified the BJP leaders. "We are trying to find out who did that tweet as mainly volunteers run that page", said Suraj Hegde, Youth Congress in-charge.

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