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Congress can't endure Narendra Modi: Smriti Irani's response to 'chaiwala' tweet

23 November 2017

In 2014, ahead of his thunderous victory, Mr Modi was derided as a tea seller who can never be PM by Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar at a huge party gathering.

Union Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in a series of tweet, question Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi and said that though the meme was pulled out it exposed Congress thinking towards the poor.

As an act of damage control, the tweet was later deleted.

However, the Congress distanced itself from the meme and said that the party has always believed in respecting the prime minister as well as political opponents. The party seems to have forgotten that Modi wears the "chaiwala" tag like a badge of honour, and not an insult.

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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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. He also cited several others abusive comments made by Congress leaders to make his point.

In view of a massive outrage over its controversial meme, Yuva Desh later deleted the "chaiwala" meme after Amarinder Singh Raja, the National President of the Indian Youth Congress, said that his organisation did not approve of such humour. "Differences on policy and opinion aside, Congress culture imbibes respect for PM and all political opponents", Surjewala tweeted. "But if he wants to distribute tea here, we will find a place for him", he said, and this changed the course and narrative of the general election.

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

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

The Indian Youth Congress" online magazine "Yuvadesh' tweeted a picture that took a crass jibe at the PM for his bad English.

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Congress can't endure Narendra Modi: Smriti Irani's response to 'chaiwala' tweet