Irani takes on Congress over 'chaiwalla' meme

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In 2014, Mani Shankar Aiyar had invited the then NDA's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to sell tea at AICC meet.

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".

Union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore told reporters that his party stands for use of civil political language and is against use of any abuse.

According to the political experts, mocking Modi over his tea selling days will not insult him rather add to his strength. "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.

A bitter war of words broke out between the two parties after the Congress" youth wing yesterday circulated a meme about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "chaiwala' past, provoking a backlash from the BJP, and prompting a red-faced Congress to distance from it. The tweet by the Youth Congress shows their mindset towards India's poor.

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This is something that expectedly didn't go down well with BJP leaders who took to social media to call it "classist", "anti poor" and "reflective of hatred towards Modi".

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

Congress quickly distanced them from the controversy and said, "Congress strongly disapproves and rejects such humour through memes". His tweet also said, "Differences on policy and opinion aside, Congress culture imbibes respect for PM and all political opponents". However, he refrained from commenting anything about the "Chaiwala" tweet on Modi.

He cited a host of "abusive" comments made by Congress leaders, including its president Sonia Gandhi and her deputy Rahul Gandhi, in the past to target Modi.

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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