Rahul Gandhi’s ‘suit-boot ki sarkar’ comment about Prime Minister Modi came back to haunt him on Wednesday when BJP’s Meghalaya unit claimed in a tweet that the Congress president wore a jacket from British apparel major Burberry priced at a little over Rs 63,000. Gandhi, however, clarified that the jacket was a “gift”.In 2015, Gandhi had mocked Modi after he wore a suit with his name finely embroidered in stripes to meet then US president Barack Obama. The suit, which BJP had claimed was a gift, was later bought for over 4.3 crore by a Surat businessman in an auction.”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!” BJP’s Meghalaya unit tweeted.Gandhi, who is on a two-day tour of the poll-bound state, had attended the party’s rock concert in Shillong to reach out to young voters. BJP said his attendance at the rock concert was a “distraction” tactic. “Rock concert distraction tactics by the @OfficeOfRG to take away focus of Meghalayan voters from real issues on ground! A prince can fuss over ‘fuddy-duddy chopper’ rides & cancel his Tura trip, but ever wondered how people in Meghalaya travel,” the BJP tweeted.An unfazed Gandhi fired his “suit-boot ki sarkar” salvo at Modi afresh, saying he was always found in the company of people attired in suits and not those who are poor. “You will not see him (Modi) hug a poor person, talk to a poor person or even engage with a poor person. You will see him with others. There is a particular distance he maintains with the poor people which he does not with Mr Obama or others,” he said in Shillong. “The fact of the matter is that he (Modi) is still a suit-boot person. He has not done anything….,” Gandhi added.North East incharge for BJP, Ram Madhav, too took potshots at Gandhi. “Congress doesn’t understand popular sentiment in North East 2day. 4 states rejected Congress already n Meghalaya ready to do d same now. Congress not even in reckoning in Tripura n Nagaland. Cong left NE poor n underdeveloped while their leaders roam around in 70K jackets.” he tweeted.The controversy drew a sharp reaction from Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury. She said, “Their frustration is directly proportionate to the rising popularity of Rahul Gandhi. Rahul Gandhi connects with the young. So, this idle and suit-boot ki sarkar has no right to talk about it.”Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Sujrewala also put his weight behind the party president, saying, “This matter is so superfluous that it needs no comment. The BJP government, led by Narendra Modi, has been exposed as a suit-boot-ki-sarkar earlier. They are overcome with the intoxication of power; it’s shameless.”
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