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Twitter Flays Congress After Yuva Desh Mocks PM Modi

Yuva Desh, Indian Youth Congress's online magazine, took a crass jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's English speaking skills. leading to widespread outrage and condemnation.

Bodhisattva Sen Roy | @insenroy

Updated:November 21, 2017, 8:26 PM IST
Twitter Flays Congress After Yuva Desh Mocks PM Modi
The meme mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi as put out by Yuva Desh.
Yuva Desh, Indian Youth Congress's online magazine, took a crass jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's English speaking skills. The Twitter handle of the magazine shared a meme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in conversation with the President of the United States, Donald Trump and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May.

In the picture, the PM can be seen asking them if they are aware of the various 'memes' that have been put out by the opposition against him. The PM is then corrected and informed about the correct pronunciation of 'memes', and also advised that he is better off 'selling tea'.

The Tweet drew instant outrage from BJP politicians and citizens alike. It must be remembered here that leading up to the high-octane 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar had (in)famously quipped "I promise you in 21st Century 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".

Aiyar, however, was not the only politician to mock Narendra Modi about his claim of selling tea at a Gujarat Railway station during his formative years. Naresh Agarwal of the Samajwadi party has once said, "Narendra Modi wants to become a PM. Someone rising from a tea shop can never have a national perspective. Like, if you make a 'sipahi' (constable) as 'kaptan' (Superintendent of Police), he can never have SP's approach but will have that of a constable."

The Bharatiya Janata Party then used the 'chaiwalla' comments as a massive fulcrum to woo the particular section of the society. The party even held meetings called 'Chai Pe Charcha' (Discussions over Tea), leading up to their massively successful 2014 General Elections.

Congress, it seems, is yet to learn from this as it rakes up this particular aspect of the Prime Minister's background. And like the last time, this has also resulted in widespread condemnation.

The first volley was fired by the party's own leadership:

Then there were those who pointed out how the Grand Old Party has been a bad student of what is relatively recent history:

Unsurprisingly a number of observers went with the 'self goal' analogy. To be fair, that metaphor has rarely fitted a situation better:

A BJP supporter even claimed that this would end the Congress presence in Gujarat

Others expressed their opinion with humour

As the controversy raged on, Congress leaders soon tweeted out condemning the tweet and distancing themselves and the part from the meme in question.

The Twitter handle of Yuva Desh has since taken down the original tweet, but as is with the microblogging platform - screenshots remain.
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