Hitting back at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for taking potshots at Rahul Gandhi over his jacket, the Congress party on Wednesday called it the BJP’s desperation to bring down the Congress party president’s popularity and image.Gandhi, who has been campaigning in Meghalaya for the forthcoming assembly elections, was seen wearing a jacket, apparently from a British luxury fashion brand, which the BJP claims is priced at nearly Rs. 70,000.Speaking to ANI, Congress leader Renuka Chaudhary laughed away the BJP’s claims and said she could produce the same jacket for Rs. 700 for Prime Minister Narendra Modi if he wants, and added that ‘only I don’t have his measurements other than chappan inch chaati (56 inch chest).’Also readIt was borrowed: Rahul Gandhi on his sartorial choice after BJP claims he wore a Rs 70,000-priced jacketChaudhary said, ‘I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry on the desperation of the BJP. Are you saying that they have no other work than to sit and search rates’’ I can show you the same jacket for 700 rupees. If the Prime Minister wants it I can get one and send it to him other than 56-inch chest, I don’t have his measurements.’Also readBJP’s ‘soot-boot’ jibe at Rahul Gandhi, party claims Congress chief wore Rs 70,000 jacket to Meghalaya event The images of Gandhi wearing the jacket gave fresh ammunition to the BJP to counter his famous ‘suit boot ki sarkaar’ jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government.Mocking the BJP, Chaudhary said, ‘It is so funny that it is coming from the suit-boot sarkaar. A suit that was woven with his name on it and he wore it when the US president came (to India). And then they auctioned it for crores. This is the sarkaar that is questioning Rahul Gandhi’s jacket’’Also readIn Meghalaya, Rahul Gandhi attacks BJP; questions how many leadership positions are with women in RSSOn Tuesday, BJP’s Meghalaya unit raised up the issue of Gandhi’s jacket on Twitter.”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!” wrote Meghalaya BJP below the picture, which was paired with the jacket’s original photo and price.Rahul fires ‘Suit-Boot Sarkar’ jibe Congress president Rahul Gandhi also fired his “suit-boot ki sarkar” salvo at Prime Minister Narendra Modi afresh, saying he was always found in the company of people attired in suits and not those that are poor.Unruffled after being attacked by the Meghalaya unit of the BJP over the price of the black jacket he wore yesterday at a concert here, Gandhi said, “You will not see him (PM) 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 told journalists.”The fact of the matter is that he (Modi) is still a suit-boot person. He has not done anything….,” Gandhi said.The Congress president said the prime minister had promised to create 2 crore jobs a year but failed to achieve the target.In an apparent retort to Rahul Gandhi’s suit-boot ki sarkar jibe, the BJP had claimed the Congress President wore a jacket worth USD 995 at a concert oragnised by his party in the poll-bound state yesterday.The party’s state unit also tweeted an image of a jacket similar to the one Gandhi wore having a price tag of USD 995 (little over Rs 63,000).The BJP, which intends to give a tough fight to the ruling Congress in the Meghalaya Assembly elections, also accused the Congress of distracting voters by organising a soiree.”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.Gandhi met Church representatives earlier today in the Christian dominated state where elections to the 60-member Assembly would be held on February 27.Two Churches in Meghalaya recently turned down Rs 70 crore assistance announced by the Centre.There are many different visions, missions and ideas in the country and all of them should have a voice, Gandhi said.”There is tremendous anger and discomfort among a lot of people and they believe that this country is made up of a million perspectives, and to force only one perspective is not right,” Gandhi said.With inputs from ANI

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