New Delhi, Jan 31: Congress president Rahul Gandhi shunned his white kurta-pajama for blue jeans and a black jacket as he attended a rock concert in Meghalaya capital Shillong. The event organised by the Congress to kick-start the party’s campaign for the upcoming Assembly elections in the northeastern state also gave the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ample fodder to attack Rahul Gandhi and his party.Also Read - Congress Names Charanjit Singh Channi As Next Punjab CM: All You Need To Know About Amarinder Singh’s Successor
Hitting back at the Congress president using the now famous ‘soot-boot’ jibe, the BJP’s Meghalaya unit claimed that the cost of the black jacket that Rahul Gandhi wore was nearly Rs 70,000. The party tweeted a photo of Rahul Gandhi along with one showing the cost of the jacket on one of the online fashion stores. (Also Read: When Rahul Gandhi Helped Passengers Place Luggage Onboard Delhi-Guwahati Flight) Also Read - Who Is Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Likely To Succeed Amarinder Singh As Next Punjab CM
“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!” Meghalaya BJP said in the tweet. Also Read - 'Congress to Contest UP Assembly Election Solo Under Priyanka Gandhi's Leadership'
The BJP’s ‘soot-boot’ jibe was an apparent response to Rahul’s Gandhi’s ‘suit boot ki sirkar’ remark that the Congress leader made on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for wearing a suit which had his name monogrammed over it during a meeting with the then US President Barack Obama in 2015. The suit was sold for Rs 4.31 crore in an auction later.
Speaking at the event, Rahul Gandhi made a veiled attack at the ruling BJP accusing it of spreading hatred in the country. (Also Read: Rahul Gandhi Needs Time, There Will be Reshuffling of The Deck in The Congress Party: Shashi Tharoor)
“We are strongest when we stand together in our diversity. India’s strength is our diverse culture and different languages, different ways of thinking. When we fight each other and spread hatred, we are not strengthening our country but weakening it and disrespecting our people, our past and our future,”Rahul Gandhi said.
Meghayala, where the Congress has been in power since last 15 years, is scheduled to hold Assembly elections next month. Voting for 60-seat Meghalaya Assembly will be held on February 27 and results will be declared on March 3.