Should believe PM: Tharoor on no record of PM Modi being tea-seller
Shashi Tharoor, After a Twitter user said there’s no official record of PM Narendra Modi being a tea-seller, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor replied, “I think we should take @narendramodi’s word for this.” “The fact that a person of humble origins has risen to the most powerful office…is a tribute to India’s democracy & something all Indians can be proud of,” he added.
Tharoor had then credited India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru with creating institutional structures that made Modi’s spectacular rise from a tea seller possible. That remark had given PM Modi enough ammo to fire a fresh attack on the Congress for crediting his victory to Nehru.
The BJP and PM Modi had first turned a comment made by the Congress’s Mani Shankar Aiyar deriding him for selling tea at Gujarat’s Vadnagar station into a key campaign point in the 2014 general elections. The BJP had pitched PM Modi as a self-made leader, contrasting his modest origins with the Congress’ Rahul Gandhi who, PM Modi emphasised, owed his position in the party to his last name.
It is a point that PM Modi continues to underline at his election meetings, referring to Rahul Gandhi as naamdaar (privileged) and himself, as kaamdar (working class).