Paresh Rawal hits back at Congress with 'bar-wala' comment; then apologises and withdraws tweet

Actor-turned-politician Paresh Rawal courted controversy on Tuesday, after he attempted to hit back at Congress over the latter's "chaiwallah" jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Rawal tweeted saying "our chaiwala is any day better than your bar-wala" (sic). He then faced a backlash on social media, with Twitterati calling his remarks derogatory to women.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala responded to Rawal's tweet with one that asked the BJP if all its MPs have stooped to this level, and if Rawal's tweets are said to be indicative of the party's stand on women.

The backlash forced Rawal to delete his tweet and issue an apology. He sent a clarification later in the day, whereby he said he deleted the tweet because it was "in bad taste".

The back and forth between Congress and BJP started after Yuva Desh, a Twitter handle belonging to its youth wing tweeted a meme taunting Modi over the latter's tea-selling days. The meme showed Modi with Donald Trump and Theresa May, whereby he mispronounces the word 'meme', leading to Trump correcting his pronunciation and May suggesting Modi stick to selling tea.  

The tweet was subsequently deleted, and the Congress disassociated itself from the Twitter handle, saying it was handled by the party's volunteers and things posted on it weren't representative of the official party line.

Updated Date: Nov 22, 2017 13:01:19 IST