Noting that Congress party will defend the idea of Meghalaya, Gandhi explained his party workers and supporters, "When we defend your culture we are defending the idea of Meghalaya and also the idea of plural and inclusive India that we love". If the prime minister wants I can make a jacket for him too, Congress leader Renuka Chaudhary said.
BJP leader Tajinder P Singh Bagga on Wednesday sent Rs 700 to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury for the jacket, apparently worth United States dollars 995, that Rahul Gandhi wore at a concert organised by his party in poll-bound Meghalaya. The BJP slightly tweaked Rahul's "suit-boot ki sarkar" jibe with "soot-boot ki sarkar" taunt to imply the rampant irregularities in coal mining in Meghalaya, the northeastern state which is under the Congress' rule for the last 15 years. I can get the same jacket for Rs 700. He said in Shillong, "You will not see him (the PM) hug a poor person, talk to a poor person or even engage with a poor person". Instead of singing away our woes, you could have given a report card of your inefficient government in Meghalaya. You mean to say they have no other work than to search online for jacket rates. She said the BJP was "frustrated" due to Mr Gandhi's "rising popularity".
The old woman with tears in her eyes sought the help of Rahul Gandhi saying she is facing a lot of problem to treat her ailment.
The move by the Delhi BJP spokesperson came after a sharp reaction from Chowdhury, who alleged that the saffron party was leading a "suit-boot ki sarkar" at the Centre and had no moral authority to question Rahul. Rahul Gandhi connects with the young. "If they (BJP) form the government here (in Meghalaya) and continue to capture institutions, then your culture, your religion and your way of life will be under pressure", he said. The suit, which was sold at an auction for Rs 4.31 crore, had stripes with the name Narendra Damodardas Modi woven into it in glittering gold letters.
The Congress President was seen talking to his mother Sonia Gandhi and party leader Mallikarjun Kharge.
Dressed in blue denim pants and a black jacket, he had urged the youth to love and respect each other to make the country strong.