Youth Congress Twitter meme mocks Modi; Congress firefights

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Yuva Desh, the official handle of Indian Youth Congress's online magazine, tweeted a meme which showed PM Modi, US President Donald Trump and UK PM Theresa May talking to each other. Just before the general elections, Mani Shankar Aiyar had invited Modi to sell tea at an All India Congress Committee convention in New Delhi.

Meanwhile, three months after a landmark Supreme Court verdict struck down instant triple talaq, the Narendra Modi government is likely to introduce a legislation to end the practice ('talaq-e-biddat') in the forthcoming winter session of Parliament. Trump corrects him, saying the word is pronounced as "meem", while May tells him to go and sell tea. Party communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala tweeted, "INC strongly disapproves & rejects such humour through memes".

The Congress party was today taken to task both on social media as well as by political parties after its youth wing made a personal and derogatory attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Taking umbrage at the now deleted post, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was one of the first to respond, tweeting: "Madam Sonia Gandhi & Mr Rahul Gandhi do u still believe that only u have a divine right to rule India?" The country expects your response on the Youth Congress tweet, which is shameful and insulting to the poor.

The Yuva Desh's tweet comes days after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said despite "differences with BJP and PM" the Congress will never "disrespect the position of PM the way BJP used to do while in opposition".

The Congress, however, distanced itself from the tweet. "U can delete the Tweet but ur thinking towards the poor stands exposed", an ensuing tweet read. "This tweet is in such poor taste", he tweeted.

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Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also disapproved and said the action amounted to political suicide.

He later tweeted, "despite political differences with the BJP & having suffered everyday abuse from their leaders, we respect the Prime Minister & all political opponents".

"What is about elements of the Congress party that commit political suicide with such incredible regularity?"

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