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Rahul Gandhi says “unlike Narendrabhai, I am human” after he gets trolled for tweeting inflated rates of LPG cylinders, food items to red flag price rise issue

Mocked by BJP leaders and ‘bhakts’ for tweeting grossly exaggerated percentage hike in prices of LPG cylinders and food prices in a bid to red-flag the issue of inflation, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday, apologised for the gaffe but, even while doing so, took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The ‘president-elect’ of the Congress party, who has often been criticised for his recurring flubs, seems to have finally decided to take his critics head on as he leads his party’s election campaign in Gujarat – the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. Rahul has already been receiving positive traction on social media platforms, and even among general public, for his new-found talent of taking sarcastic digs at the BJP while acknowledging his mistakes.

The latest broadside by the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi comes in wake of BJP sympathizers making fun of his knowledge of mathematics ever since he posted a table comparing the 2014 prices of LPG cylinders and food items with those prevalent in 2017 that erroneously inflated every price difference by 100 per cent. After the gaffe was pointed out, the table had promptly been replaced by a corrected version which gave the price hike figure in terms of how many rupees the rates had increased by instead of the percentage rise.

The tweet had been posted as part of questions that Rahul has begun asking the Prime Minister as polling for the two-phase Gujarat assembly elections approaches. The questions seek to prod the BJP to give “hisaab” of the past 22 years that the saffron party has ruled Gujarat during which period Narendra Modi was chief minister of the state for nearly 14 consecutive years.

Rahul’s “unlike Narendrabhai, I am human” swipe is an obvious reference to the many blunders that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi commits while making his election speeches – especially when he tries to recollect historical events – but which seldom get the highlighted in the media; quite unlike the gaffes made by the Nehru-Gandhi scion.

Modi is known to never clarify or apologise for his mistakes or seemingly deliberate misinterpretation of facts and statements made by his political rivals. Rahul clearly is attempting to use this to his advantage by hailing “BJP friends” to not only point out his blunders but also to “keep them coming” while conceding that this “really helps me improve”.

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