Shillong, Jan 31: If Congress president Rahul Gandhi is under the impression that he has managed to evolve as the 'king of pun and sarcasm' (mostly by attacking the rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi) with his witty and sharp one-liners on Twitter in the recent past, then he might need to do some serious introspection.
The ruling BJP which has been quietly sulking over regular taunts against its top leaders by the Congress president has decided to pay him back in his own coin.
Rahul, who reached Shillong, Meghalaya, to campaign in the poll-bound state on Tuesday was seen flaunting a reportedly expensive jacket. Viola! Here comes the BJP's big chance.
The BJP, which is trying its best to unseat the incumbent Congress from Meghalaya, did not want to lose the opportunity and decided to attack Rahul with "soot-boot ki sarkar" jibe, taking a page out of the Congress president's book.
Back in 2015, Rahul, then the vice-president of the Congress, attacked PM Modi with "suit-boot ki sarkar" jibe for wearing an expensive monogrammed suit during a meeting with former United States (US) President Barack Obama, to highlight the plight of Indian farmers. The same suit of Modi was later sold for Rs 4.31 crore at an auction.
However, the BJP slightly tweaked Rahul's "suit-boot ki sarkar" jibe with "soot-boot ki sarkar" taunt to imply the rampant irregularities in coal mining in Meghalaya, the northeastern state which is under the Congress' rule for the last 15 years.
Probably, the BJP's social media team also wanted to highlight the black colour of Rahul's expensive clothing, which according to reports is a two-in-one down puffer jacket from Burberry--a British luxury fashion brand. On the Bloomingdales website, the cost of the jacket was listed as Rs 68,145, stated ANI.
"So @OfficeOfRG , soot(pun intended!)-boot ki sarkar with 'black' money fleeced from Meghalayan State exchequer by rampant corruption? Instead of singing away our woes, you could have given a report card of your inefficient govt in Meghalaya! Your indifference mocks us!" tweeted Meghalaya BJP.
So @OfficeOfRG , soot(pun intended!)-boot ki sarkar with ‘black’ money fleeced from Meghalayan State exchequer by rampant corruption? Instead of singing away our woes, you could have given a report card of your inefficient govt in Meghalaya! Your indifference mocks us! pic.twitter.com/sRvj5eoyRb— BJP Meghalaya (@BJP4Meghalaya) January 30, 2018
In the tweet, along with Rahul's picture where he was seen wearing the jacket and a pair of blue denim and shaking hands with a person, the BJP posted another picture of the jacket with its price.
Although, Rahul is yet to react to the BJP's "soot-boot ki sarkar" jibe, Congress' spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi stated that the saffron party was worried about Rahul "gelling with the Meghalaya way of life".
"Worried about him gelling with the Meghalaya way of life? Because Meghalaya is definitely not ready for hypocrisy & jumlebaazi as their way of life ;) #DontWorryBeHappy," tweeted Priyanka.
Rahul wore the jacket during a music festival in Shillong where he met and interacted with a huge crowd, mostly youngsters. The poll-bound state is voting for the upcoming Assembly elections on February 27.
|CONG||29||24||Election Date : Feb 27 2018 |
Counting : Mar 03 2018
|Total||60||51 (9 Vacant)|