Chaiwala redux: Youth Congress jibe against PM Modi ahead of Gujarat polls

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Coming as it does in the run-up to the Gujarat Assembly elections, the tweet echoes what Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar had said during the 2014 Lok Sabha election: "Narendra Modi will never become the Prime Minister of the country".

Congress on Tuesday got into a controversy, which the party could have easily avoided and done without.

"Both the Prime Minister and the party have been victim of deplorable languages by the Opposition", he added.

The picture with Hindi caption depicts PM Modi in conversation with US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

"Although the handle @Yuvadesh is run by youth volunteers and not by @iyc, we do not approve of such humour and apologise. I still take this opportunity and apologize and strongly condemn that tweet". "Despite political differences with the BJP and having suffered everyday abuse from their leaders, we respect the Prime Minister and all political opponents".

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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.

The Congress earlier said it will launch a new campaign to demand apology from the Prime Minister and the BJP for their continuous use of allegedly "deplorable" language against political rivals.

"Now Yuva Desh deleting the tweet means nothing, damage is done, be it intentional or unintentional". When the party is already in a crucial situation ahead of the Gujarat polls, it should not have forgotten that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi wears the "Chaiwala" tag with pride and not disgrace.

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. Several party leaders have highlighted this, and used it as an example of internal democracy within the BJP, saying any person anywhere in the country can ascend to the top, unlike the Congress, which has been ruled by the same family.

Two months later, the BJP won the election by a landslide majority and the Congress' fortunes have been eroding steadily ever since.

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