The placard, according to BJP’s Amit Malviya, appeared at Andhra Bhawan in the national capital where Naidu held a day-long hunger strike to protest against the Central government’s failure to grant special status to his state.
Malviya tweeted a video in which the placard can be seen carrying a slogan — “Jiske haath main chai ka jhootha cup dena tha, uske haath main desh de diya. (The one who was supposed to be given dirty cups has been given the entire country by the people.)”
‘जिसके हाथ में चाय का झूठा कप देना था, उसके हाथ में जनता ने देश दे दिया’। Placard at AP Bhavan where Chandrababu N… https://t.co/VaNC62nTMT
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) 1549859593000
Malviya, who is the in-charge of BJP’s information and technology wing, slammed the opposition for targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s humble origins.
“Opposition never misses an opportunity to target PM’s humble social origins. Is it a curse to be of the backward class, he added in his tweet.
This is not the first instance when the opposition has mocked the Prime Minister with the ‘chaiwala’ jibe.
Today’s placard controversy follows Naidu’s Sunday’s remark where he had questioned the PM for his “opulent” lifestyle.
“The Prime Minister claims to be a chaiwala but look at his suits and boots …,” Naidu said.
Bringing state issues on a central stage, a series of opposition leaders made a beeline for Andhra Bhawan, where Naidu staged his protest.
Those who met Naidu included former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, National Conference chairperson Farooq Abdullah, NCP’s Majeed Memon, Trinamool Congress’ Derek O’ Brien, DMK’s Tiruchi Siva, Loktantrik Janata Dal’s Sharad Yadav, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The last time the parties came together the same way was on January 19, when 22 opposition parties supported West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in her agitation against the CBI’s alleged misconduct.
The TDP president is demanding that the Centre fulfil promises made during Andhra Pradesh’s bifurcation in 2014 and alleges that Modi was not following ‘raj dharma’ by denying the state special status.