New Delhi, June 12: Congress president Rahul Gandhi actually toyed with facts when he claimed that the inventor of aerated drink Coca-Cola used to sell ‘shikanji’ in the US while the founder of McDonald’s used to run a ‘dhaba’ in that country.
Addressing the National OBC convention at Talkatora Stadium in the national capital on Monday, Rahul had said,”A man who used to sell shikanji (lemonade) was appreciated for his skill and hard work. He made money and used it to start the Coca-Cola company,” adding, “Another man running a dhaba (roadside eatery) founded the McDonald’s chain. Show me one dhaba owner in India who can do this.”
Now here are some facts which are bound to leave Gandhi with egg on his face. Coca-Cola was founded in May 1886 by John Pemberton, a pharmacist from Atlanta. Initially, he prepared a soda-fountain beverage which became the world-famous cola drink after a few years. He sold his rights to the drink shortly before his death.
On the other hand, McDonald’s was set up by two American brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald in 1940. The duo first opened a hot dog stand in 1937 in Monrovia, California (inspired by a local hot dog stand). After a few years, they started planning to rework their business model based on the lessons they had learnt. In 1948, Richard and Maurice fully redesigned and rebuilt their restaurant in San Bernardino with the focus on hamburgers, milk shakes, and french fries. The chain then grew and it is now present in more than 100 countries today.
No wonder then that soon after Rahul’s statement, netizens picked on his mistake and #AccordingToRahulGandhi became the top trend on Twitter with over 3.5 K tweets.
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Rahul Gandhi had also targeted the Narendra Modi government over a slew of issues. He said,”There is no dearth of skilled people in the country but the issue is with the government that “doesn’t provide the opportunity to our talented people”.