BJP hits back at Congress, says PM Modi victim of abuses

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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".

Cut to 2017, before the Gujarat polls, a Twitter account related to the Youth Congress has posted a meme on Prime Minister Modi, calling him a "chai wala". 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". "The Congress has not only insulted the prime minister, but also insulted six crore Gujaratis and 1.25 billion Indians".

However, the tweet was deleted a few hours after it was posted as Congress went into damage control.

He also stated that the remarks made by Congress will be taken up by BJP during the election campaign in Gujarat, as insult of the Prime Minister was an insult of "Gujarati asmita (pride)".

According to the political experts, mocking Modi over his tea selling days will not insult him rather add to his strength.

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Another BJP leader Sambit Patra said, "The nation saw the impact of "Maut Ka Saudagar" jibe and Mani Shankar Aiyar's abuses in 2014".

It was a winter afternoon on 2014 in an All India Congress Committee convention in New Delhi where Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar invited the then NDA's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to sell tea there.

The Congress leader's barb backfired and BJP under PM Modi registered a landslide victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Randeep Singh Surjewala, the chief spokesperson of the Congress Party tweeted INC strongly disapproves & rejects such humour through memes. "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. "If Congress has not learnt this lesson, it will never learn it", Jaitley said. "We are trying to find out who did that tweet as mainly volunteers run that page", said Suraj Hegde, Youth Congress in-charge.