Irani takes on Congress over 'chaiwalla' meme

On back foot for chai meme against PM Modi Youth Congress puts blame on 'volunteers'

On back foot for chai meme against PM Modi Youth Congress puts blame on 'volunteers'

Speaking to ANI, Irani said, "It is for the Congress party to introspect that the man they call "chaiwalla" is the same gentleman under whose leadership the "Ease of Doing Business" has seen such a huge increase through the World Bank's eye". The meme had a photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May in conversation.

"Although the handle @Yuvadesh is run by youth volunteers and not by @iyc, we do not approve of such humour and apologise".

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

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The Congress has left no stones unturned to lash out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with the latest being the party's youth wing mocking Modi as a "chai-wala" (tea-seller).

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.

According to the political experts, mocking Modi over his tea selling days will not insult him rather add to his strength. "Narendra Modi will never become the Prime Minister of the country. 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. Its Communication Department head Randeep Surjewala said: "INC (Indian National Congress) strongly disapproves and rejects such humour through memes. Differences in policy and opinion aside, Congress culture imbibes respect for the PM and all political opponents".

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

Taking strong exception to the tweet, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani demanded an explanation from Rahul Gandhi over whether he approved it. "No lessons learnt. Insulting popular mandate".

Reminiscing Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's 2014 remarks, BJP leader Tajinder Bagga said, "Just because Modi ji comes from a poor family and he used to sell tea you will insult him?"

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