Youth Congress online magazine makes 'chai' jibe at PM Modi, gets slammed

Narendra Modi chaiwala meme

The meme that was posted on the official Twitter handle of the Youth Congress online magazine Yuva Desh

The union minister's comments come a day after Yuva Desh, the Indian Youth Congress's online magazine, tweeted a disparaging picture, mocking Prime Minister Modi for having been a tea seller in his earlier days. "The Congress has not only insulted the prime minister, but also insulted six crore Gujaratis and 1.25 billion Indians". 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".

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

"Just because Modiji comes from a poor family and he used to sell tea you will insult him?"

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

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The Congress leader's barb backfired and BJP under PM Modi registered a landslide victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

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", Mr Aiyar infamously said.

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

Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi had recently asked 2,200 campaigning youths in Banaskantha district to maintain dignity while criticizing the opposition.

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

The apologies from Congress, was unable to supress the anger of numerous BJP leaders.

The Congress listed several instances where Modi allegedly made derogatory remarks by calling former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a "night-watchman", Congress President Sonia Gandhi a "jersey cow" and Rahul Gandhi a "hybrid calf".

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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