No jacket required: BJP, Congress quibble over Rahul Gandhi's attire

Updated: Feb 01, 2018, 11:26 IST | Agencies

This is one jacket over which both the BJP and the Congress are finding it hard to keep their shirts on

Rahul Gandhi  in Shillong. Pic/PTI
Rahul Gandhi  in Shillong. Pic/PTI

This is one jacket over which both the BJP and the Congress are finding it hard to keep their shirts on. The political arch rivals tore into each other after the Meghalaya unit of the BJP, in an apparent bid to get even with Rahul Gandhi over his "suit-boot" jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, claimed the Congress chief wore a jacket worth Rs 63,000 to a concert in Shillong on Tuesday.

"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!," the BJP's Meghalaya unit tweeted. The party's state unit also tweeted an image of a Burberry jacket, similar to the one that Gandhi wore, having a price tag of $995 (little over Rs 63,000).

An unfazed Gandhi fired his "suit-boot ki sarkar" salvo at Modi afresh, saying he was always found in the company of people attired in suits and not the poor. "You will not see him (Modi) hug a poor person, talk to a poor person or even engage with a poor person. You will see him with others. There is a particular distance he maintains with the poor people which he does not with Mr Obama or others," he told journalists in Shillong. "The fact of the matter is that he (Modi) is still a suit-boot person. He has not done anything...," he said.

The BJP's tweet drew a sharp reaction from Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury, who alleged BJP was leading a "suit-boot ki sarkar" at the Centre, and had no moral authority to question Gandhi.

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