We didn't 'bribe' churches; you are fooling people: BJP tells Rahul Gandhi


I would like to invite women to join the party in Meghalaya so that we have more and more women to choose from.

For BJP, it marked an opening to get even with the Congress leader who mocked PM Narendra Modi's decision to wear a suit embroidered with his name during the visit of then United States president Barack Obama. Some passengers also asked Rahul to pose for selfies with them, to which he happily obliged. In 2015, taking potshots at Mr Modi's "expensive" suit, Mr Gandhi had called the government a "suit-boot ki sarkar".

Earlier, addressing the party leaders, KPCC campaign committee chairperson DK Shivakumar said they need to focus on facing the elections unitedly and exposing BJP's failures.

"There is an assault on the culture prevailing in Meghalaya, North East states and across the country due to the imposition of one idea by the BJP and the RSS", Gandhi said.

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All senior leaders will be along with Rahul Gandhi during these programmes and this will be the "first leg" of the campaign by the Congress president. "So, this idle and suit-boot ki sarkar has no right to talk about it", she said.

Amid the war of words between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over a jacket that Rahul Gandhi wore during an event in Meghalaya, the latest to come to the defence of the Gandhi scion is Navjot Singh Sidhu. "Our party is nowhere near as financially powerful as the BJP and we are focusing on our ideology that every single person in India has to be respected and treated with love and affection".

Gandhi had mocked Modi with his "suit-boot ki sarkar" jibe after he wore a suit with his name finely embroidered on the stripes for a meeting with the then United States president Barack Obama.

Congress had been ruling in the north-eastern states for over 15 years. The suit, which was sold at an auction for Rs 4.31 crore, has stripes with the name Narendra Damodardas Modi woven into it in glittering gold letters.