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

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However, it came too late in the day, with several BJP leaders already hitting out at the Congress, saying the party is classist and "anti-poor". He had said that "I promise you in the 21st Century, Narendra Modi will never become the prime minister of the country". With only a few weeks left for the Gujarat Assembly elections, getting making such controversial comments on Prime Minister Narendra Modi could cost the party heavily.

It has irked the BJP leadership, prompting Gujarat Chief Minister and prominent BJP leader in Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, to tweet to Rahul Gandhi and ask him if he approved of this.

The war of words has erupted between the two parties after a tweet, which took dig at Modi's background as a tea- seller, by the Congress youth wing yesterday provoked a backlash from the BJP. The tweet by the Youth Congress shows their mindset towards India's poor.

"If Congress has not learnt their lesson till now, then I don't think they will ever learn it", Jaitley said, when questioned about the derogatory tweet.

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Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Tuesday took to Twitter, hours after Yuva Desh's tweet drew flak, and furnished an explanation for the same.

In his campaign, Mr Modi, offering his credentials as a self-made leader, stressed the fact that he sold tea as a young child on trains to help support his family.

The Congress leader's barb backfired and BJP under PM Modi registered a landslide victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. His tweet also said, "Differences on policy and opinion aside, Congress culture imbibes respect for PM and all political opponents". 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. "We are trying to find out who did that tweet as mainly volunteers run that page", said Suraj Hegde, Youth Congress in-charge.

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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