You are here: Home » Current Affairs » News » National
Business Standard

Amid 'chaiwala' meme, Jaitley, Shah to have tea during Modi's Mann ki Baat

Several other BJP leaders will have tea with people during the programme tomorrow to counter the crude meme

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at the World Food India 2017 inaugural session in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

Seeking to exploit a crude meme tweeted by the Congress mocking the Prime Minister's 'chaiwala' past, BJP leaders, including and Amit Shah, will listen to PM's radio talk 'Mann ki Baat' while having tea with people across poll-bound Gujarat on Saturday.

The event, to be held at all 50,128 polling booths in 182 Assembly seats, is named '- Chai Ke Saath'.

While BJP chief will attend the program in the Dariyapur constituency in Ahmedabad, the Union minister will have tea with people at a booth in Adajan area of the Surat-West seat, said a party release.

Other party leaders who would join the program at various places are Union ministers Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, Uma Bharti, Smriti Irani, Jual Oram, Parshottam Rupala, state Jitu Vaghani, chief minister and several Gujarat ministers, MLAs and MPs.

The event is being organised ahead of Modi's tour of Gujarat on November 27 and 29, during which he will address eight rallies in Saurashtra and south Gujarat which would be going to polls on December 9.

Referring to the meme mocking Modi over his tea-seller background, tweeted by the Youth Congress, state BJP in-charge Bhupender Yadav on November 23 had announced this event.

The Twitter handle of the Youth Congress's magazine "Yuva Desh" kicked up a row with the tweet which was seen to be mocking Modi's humble past and English skills. Soon after, the apologised and removed the tweet.

Chief minister Rupani had dubbed the tweet as "blatantly classist and anti-poor".

ALSO READ: Modi chaiwala meme: BJP worked up, Congress in spot ahead of Gujarat polls

Ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha polls, senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar had said that Modi, a former tea-seller, could never become prime minister.

The BJP leveraged the remark to launch Modi's 'chai pe charcha' sessions as part of the election campaign.

First Published: Sat, November 25 2017. 22:12 IST