A Rajasthan BJP lawmaker landed in trouble by allegedly calling Congress president Rahul Gandhi ‘pappu’ at a gathering as a local councillor present there took offence and entered into an heated argument with the leader. The councillor was seen in a viral video demanding an apology from the leader for his comment.
The incident took place in Banswara, where the BJP lawmaker arrived to campaign for the party candidate Hakru Maida in the upcoming Assembly elections. Soon after his address, Damor reached the spot and asked the BJP candidate to do the maintenance work of potholes, and in reply, Devajibhai said, ‘Pappu ko bulao, pappu gaddhe bharega(Call Pappu, he will fill the potholes).”
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#WATCH Congress Councillor Sita Damor confronts BJP MP Devajibhai over him allegedly calling Rahul Gandhi ‘pappu’ in Banswara, Rajasthan. Sita Damor says, “He said ‘Pappu ko bulao,pappu gaddhe bharega’. It’s wrong, so I objected. How can he call our Rahul Gandhi ‘pappu’.” (02.12) pic.twitter.com/BMfrVCMPrb
— ANI (@ANI) December 3, 2018
The above comment made the Congress leader furious, and she created a ruckus along with her supporters. Citing controversy, Devajibhai – BJP MP from Surendranagar seat in Gujarat – apologised for his comment and left the place in a hurry.
But the anger of the Congress supporters did not end there. They reached to local BJP office and sought an apology again. After apologising, the BJP parliamentarian had to leave for Gujarat immediately.
BJP leaders and supporters often call Mr Gandhi ‘pappu’ on social media.
Senior party leaders including its chief Amit Shah have mocked him by using the word. Also Read: Mocking His Italian Lineage, BJP Coins New ‘Gotra’ For Rahul Gandhi
In June 2017, Gandhi’s own party’s district president of Meerut, Vinay Pradhan, was sacked from all posts for addressing him, then the party’s vice-president as “Pappu” on a party’s local WhatsApp group.
Earlier this year, Mr Gandhi, after giving a dramatic speech in parliament, hugged Prime Minister Narendra Modi after saying he didn’t hate him even as he calls him ‘pappu’.
“You can abuse me, you can call me pappu, but I don’t have a speck of hatred against you. I will take out this hatred out of you and turn it into love. I am the Congress,” Mr Gandhi had said. Also Read: Rahul Gandhi Reveals His Gotra! But Do You Believe It?
The Assembly elections in Rajasthan for 200 seats will take place on December 7, and the results will be announced on December 11.
The war of words between members of both parties is not restricted to small pockets alone but is out in the open on a national scale. Leaders of both parties have generously indulged in name-calling, describing rival leaders with adjectives ranging from funny to the outright derogatory.
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