Congress Yuva magazine mocks Modi with 'chaiwala' meme, deletes later

Congress Yuva magazine mocks Modi with 'chaiwala' meme, deletes later”

The Youth Congress on Tuesday came under flak for a tweet that made a derogatory and personal attack on Prime Minister, on his back ground as a tea vendor.

The meme that unleashed a political firestorm contained photographs of Modi, US president Donald Trump and British prime minister Theresa May engaged in a conversation. 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. The blurbs of dialogue show the PM mispronouncing "meme", being corrected by Mr Trump, and Ms May dismissing the PM by stating, "You stick to selling tea".

A controversy erupted over the tweet with users slamming the Congress for launching "derogatory" attack on the prime minister.

The "Yuva Desh" handle later deleted the tweet.

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani called it a blatantly classist and anti-poor tweet and asked if Rahul Gandhi supported this. "Differences on policy and opinion aside, Congress culture imbibes respect for PM and all political opponents", Surjewala said on Twitter.

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He later tweeted, "despite political differences with the BJP & having suffered everyday abuse from their leaders, we respect the Prime Minister & all political opponents".

"INC strongly disapproves & rejects such humour through memes".

He said the country expects the two leaders to respond to the meme which is "shameful and insulting" to poor, he said.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also disapproved and said the action amounted to political suicide. "You can delete the tweet but your thinking towards the poor stands exposed", Prasad said in a series of tweets. "This tweet is in such poor taste", he tweeted. "The Congress is a party with a big history but it has no future", he said.

The run-up to the Gujarat Assembly polls has witnessed political slugfest between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party with both trying to outdo the other.

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