Youth Congress Twitter meme mocks Modi

Youth Congress mocks PM Modi with'chaiwala meme draws flak

Youth Congress mocks PM Modi with'chaiwala meme draws flak

"Yuva Desh, Indian Youth Congress" online magazine on Tuesday faced a backlash from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders after it tweeted a picture mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Although the handle @Yuvadesh is run by youth volunteers and not by @iyc, we do not approve of such humour and apologise".

Union IT Minister Ravishankar Prasad tweeted, "The arrogance of the Congress Party and shameful anti-poor stand gets exposed from the official twitter of the Youth Congress that a person born in poverty in the family of a tea vendor can not become the Prime Minister". Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, also not missing out on the opportunity to pull down Congress, tweeted that the posts of Congress show that the party is classist and "anti-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.

Since the party has posted the tweet, knowingly or unknowingly, does not matter who operated the handle and who posted it, Congress has gotten itself into unwanted controversy. The party seems to have forgotten that Modi wears the "chaiwala" tag like a badge of honour, and not an insult.

In 2014, when Aiyar invited Modi to sell tea in Congress convention, he responded within hours from an election rally saying he has no qualm in accepting his humble background. 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.

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However, the BJP slammed the tweet and said it reflected the "arrogance" of the Congress.

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.

Another BJP leader Sambit Patra said, "The nation saw the impact of "Maut Ka Saudagar" jibe and Mani Shankar Aiyar's abuses in 2014. But if he wants to distribute tea here, we will find a place for him", he had said. His tweet also said, "Differences on policy and opinion aside, Congress culture imbibes respect for PM and all political opponents".

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley took a swipe at the Congress over the "chaiwala" meme aimed at Modi.

But that hasn't pacified the BJP leaders.

It did little to stop the ruling party in castigating the Congress and party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi.

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