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

PM Narendra Modi

Irani's statement comes a day after, the Congres in a potentially self-damaging act ahead of the Gujarat polls, the party's youth wing on Tuesday circulated a meme about PM Modi's "chaiwala" past, provoking a backlash from the BJP, and prompting a red-faced Congress to distance from it.

Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar had, in January 2014, said "Modi would never become prime minister, but he was welcome to serve tea to Congressmen".

Screenshot of the Yuva Desh tweet mocking PM Modi that was later taken down
Screenshot of the Yuva Desh tweet mocking PM Modi that was later taken down

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

The seasoned politician was making a remark based on the present Prime Minister's job as a tea vendor in the latter's childhood.

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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. May is seen telling Modi 'You sell tea'. It shows the PM asking Trump and May if they are aware about the various "memes" (with a wrong pronunciation) that have been put out by the opposition against him.

Reacting sharply to the tweet that was later deleted from the Twitter page, BJP said, "This blatantly classist and anti-poor tweet by Youth Congress shows their mindset towards India's poor".

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Youth Congress president Raja Amarinder Brar apologised: "I apologise for such bad humour".

"Although the handle @Yuvadesh is run by youth volunteers and not by @iyc, we do not approve of such humour and apologise. Differences in policy and opinion aside, Congress culture imbibes respect for the PM and all political opponents". Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat, which will have Assembly elections next month, took the opportunity to slam the party and taunt Rahul Gandhi. "U can delete the Tweet but ur thinking towards the poor stands exposed", an ensuing tweet read.

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