Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Rs 41,000 T-shirt’ sews fresh showdown between BJP and Congress
Rahul Gandhi’s “suit boot ka Sarkaar” jibe to the Narendra Modi government was returned with interest by the BJP today. The party claimed the Congress leader wore an over Rs 41,000 t-shirt from British luxury brand Burberry while on his ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ – meant to develop a connection with the common man . As Congress tweeted the inevitable reminder of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ’10 lakh suit’, Trinamool Congress’ Mahua Moitra warned the BJP not to ‘cross the line’.
“Seriously advise the BJP not to cross the line and comment on opposition clothing and belongings. Please remember that if we start doing the same with watches, pens, shoes, rings and clothing worn by BJP MPs, you will regret the day you started this game.” his tweet read.
Seriously advise the BJP not to cross the line and comment on opposition clothing and belongings.
Remember, if we start doing the same with the watches, pens, shoes, rings and clothes worn by BJP MPs, you will regret the day you declared this game.
— Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) September 10, 2022
“Bharat Dekho (look, India),” the BJP tweeted earlier, giving a screenshot of the garment in the Burberry catalog with the price display – Rs 41,257.
Bharat, dekho! pic.twitter.com/UzBy6LL1pH
— BJP (@BJP4India) September 9, 2022
“Hey…are you scared? Seeing the crowd gathered at Bharat Jodo Yatra. Talk about the problem. Talk about unemployment and inflation. If we have to discuss clothes, then Modi ji suit of 10 lakhs and the 1.5 lakh glasses should be discussed. Does the BJP want to discuss this?” Congress responded.
“Sometimes black magic, sometimes the cost of T-shirts is the problem. The Prime Minister is far from the real problems of the country. Prime Minister, go to the real problems, don’t fool people like that,” read a translation. approximation of another tweet in Hindi from the party’s official handle.
प्रधानमंत्री जी, जरा असली मुद्दों पर आओ आओ, जनता से यूं मत चुराओ।। pic.twitter.com/eNyTngaByF
— Congress (@INCIndia) September 10, 2022
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said while the Congress was uniting the nation, the BJP was “still trapped in T-shirts and khaki shorts”.
“The Center has only a ‘T-shirt’ against the greatest Bharat Jodo Yatra,” he told the media.
Shiv Sena’s Priyanka Chaturvedi countered that only if the BJP could so quickly calculate the cost of the ‘suit book sarkar election’.
Mr Gandhi, who accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of wearing a suit worth Rs 10 lakh and coined the ‘suit boot kar Sarkar’ jibe ahead of the 2019 general election, has since faced complaints from imitation of the BJP.
In 2018, when he showed up to a concert in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, in a black convertible jacket and jeans, the BJP had recreated the “suit boot” moment.
“So @OfficeOfRG soot (pun intended!) – Boot ki sarkar with ‘black’ money stolen from Meghalayan state treasury by rampant corruption? Instead of singing our woes you could have donated a bulletin from your ineffectual government in Meghalaya! Your indifference is mocking us!” the BJP had tweeted.
The jacket was a Burberry, the party claimed, and cost around 70,000, the party claimed to have produced another screenshot of a Burberry catalog.
PM Modi’s striped suit, worn during former US President Barack Obama’s visit in 2015, was later auctioned off by the party and sold for Rs 4.31 crore.