A full-blown poster war has erupted between the Congress and the BJP as the parties go into overdrive for elections to five assembly states in a few weeks. A BJP tweet showing Congress’s Rahul Gandhi as a “new-age Ravan” has drawn strong criticism from the party which has returned fire with a poster showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi captioned as “Adani”.
It started with the Congress taking a dig at PM Modi on ‘X’ on Wednesday, sharing a poster that said “The Biggest Liar”. Another, designed as a film poster, was captioned “PM Narendra Modi as Jumla Boy”.
The BJP hit back the day after, with its version of a film poster targeting Rahul Gandhi. It shows the Congress leader as a ‘new-age Ravan’, referring to the Hindu mythological character. “Bharat Khatre Mein Hai – A Congress party production. Directed by George Soros,” the poster reads.
The caption reads: “He is evil. Anti Dharma. Anti Ram. His aim is to destroy Bharat”.
Calling the poster “obnoxious” and “downright dangerous”, the Congress, on Thursday, said that the ‘Ravan’ poster was “clearly intended to incite and provoke violence” against Rahul Gandhi.
“What is the real intent of an atrocious graphic portraying Rahul Gandhi as Ravan by the BJP’s official handle? It is clearly intended to incite and provoke violence against a Congress MP and a former President of the party, whose father and grandmother were assassinated by forces that want to divide India,” Congress’s Jairam Ramesh said in a post on X.
“It is one thing for the PM to give evidence daily of being a pathological liar and of suffering from a narcissistic personality disorder. But for him to get his party to produce something this obnoxious is not just completely unacceptable, but is downright dangerous,” Ramesh said.
“We will not be intimidated,” he asserted.
Reacting to the poster, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said in a post in Hindi on X, “Most respected @narendramodi ji and shri @JPNadda ji, what level do you want to take politics and debate to? Do you agree with the violent and provocative tweets being posted from the official Twitter handle of your party?”
“Not much time has passed when you took a vow of uprightness. Have you forgotten the oaths taken just as the promises made?” she asked.