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Country expects ur response on the tweet of the youth Congress, which is shameful & insulting to poor. He had said that "I promise you in the 21st Century, Narendra Modi will never become the prime minister of the country".

Three and a half years later, on another winter evening, the Congress seems to have repeated the gaffe ahead of the crucial Gujarat election.

A bitter war of words broke out between the two parties after the Congress" youth wing yesterday circulated a meme about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "chaiwala' past, provoking a backlash from the BJP, and prompting a red-faced Congress to distance from it.

The Union Minister also slammed Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav for his "don't advertise for the donkeys of Gujarat" comments.

The BJP said that the offensive post (now deleted) exemplifies the Congress' elitist mindset and that an enraged public will punish it by ensuring the BJP sweeps next month's election in Gujarat.

Youth Congress president Amarinder Singh Raja Brar also tweeted and wrote, "Despite political differences with the BJP and having suffered everyday abuse from their leaders, we respect the Prime Minister and all political opponents".

The tweet drew severe flack and has since then been deleted. Taking a dig at both Rahul and Aiyar, he tweeted, "Seems this has been tweeted by Mani Shankar Aiyar at the interaction of Pidi (Rahul's dog)".

Indeed, head of the party's IT cell Amit Malviya said as much, calling it Congress' "disdain" for a man who rose from the grassroots. BJP won that election with good numbers and that very utterance changed the course of the election.

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. But just a couple of hours into the tweet, from the Gujarat CM and down to BJP spokespersons, are all trying to drive home one point: Congress is anti-poor.

Though later, the Youth Congress apologized for the tweet saying that the handle was not run by them but by party volunteers.

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