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‘Can’t wake up early’: BJP swipe at Rahul Gandhi on deferred press meet

Rahul Gandhi was scheduled to address a press conference at 10.15 am at the Congress headquarters in the national headquarters.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Mar 22, 2019 13:05 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The BJP took a swipe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi after he rescheduled his press conference on Friday in New Delhi.
The BJP took a swipe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi after he rescheduled his press conference on Friday in New Delhi.(PTI)
         

The BJP often makes an effort to project Rahul Gandhi as an inexperienced and non-serious politician. On Friday, when the Congress president put off an early press conference by a few hours, the ruling BJP quickly pounced on the opportunity and tweeted a jibe at Rahul Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi was scheduled to address a press conference at 10.15 am at the Congress headquarters in the national headquarters. Minutes before the press meet was to begin, the Congress announced that the media briefing had been deferred to 1 pm.

Rahul Gandhi has led the opposition campaign against the ruling BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, centering his campaign against the prime minister over the deal to buy Rafale fighter jets and the job creation. On both counts, the BJP insists that the Congress didn’t really have a point to make and accused Gandhi of attempting to mislead people.

“It seems Rahul Gandhi can’t wake up in the morning. Anyway, it’s better not to spread lies in the morning J,” the BJP’s official handle tweeted, quoting news agency ANI’s tweet announcing the change in time.

The Congress did not let the swipe go unresponded.

“Rahul Gandhi is not only up in the morning, he is also attending the Core Committee meeting since 9:15 AM,” Congress’s Pranav Jha tweeted. “And if you are interested in knowing the committee could also be discussing how to prosecute the conniving Chowkidars in the Government,” Jha said, a reference to the ruling BJP’s counter to its ‘Chowkidar chor hai’ campaign accusing PM Modi of corruption in the Rafale deal.

The Congress’s official handle was unsparing as well in its counter. “Morning, noon or night, we’d be happy to hear ChorChowkidar give a press conference - that is, if he’s able to,” the Congress tweeted, a reference to Rahul Gandhi’s frequent digs at PM Modi for not having faced the media at a Press conference.

First Published: Mar 22, 2019 11:22 IST

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