Congress leader Rahul Gandhi‘s tweet which was a counter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s ‘UP will be Kerala’ message, has not gone down well with the chief ministers of Assam, Tripura, Manipur as they pointed out that the Congress leader missed mentioning the northeast.
In a tweet, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb said, “In order to preach, Mr Rahul Gandhi has forgotten our beautiful North Eastern states. Just like his great grandfather, he excluded our region? We are also a proud part of India. Your ignorance is the reason for your party’s total wipe out from the Northeast.”
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma wrote, “India is far beyond just a union. We are a proud nation. Bharat cannot be held hostage to your tukde tukde philosophy. What is your problem with Nation, Nationality and Nationalism? And hello– beyond Bengal, we North east exit.”
For Manipur CM N Biren Singh, Rahul Gandhi’s tweet was baffling. “When the existence of this region is not even acknowledged, how is Congress asking for votes to the people of Manipur for the upcoming election? Who’s dividing the Nation?,” the chief minister tweeted.
Here’s all you need to know about the controversy
a. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath put out a video message ahead of the first phase polling in the state. In the message, he warned voters to vote wisely and said that otherwise UP will turn into Kashmir, Bengal and Kerala.
b. The message drew flak from Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan who said that it will be good for Uttar Pradesh if it becomes Kerala as then it will enjoy the best education, health services, social welfare etc.
c. Rahul Gandhi slammed Yogi’s message and said India is beautiful in all its colours “from Kashmir to Kerala, from Gujarat to West Bengal.”
d. It is in this context that the chief ministers of northeastern states protested and slammed Rahul Gandhi for not mentioning the names of the northeastern states.