Aizawl: The ruling Congress party in Mizoram seems to have hit the wrong note while targeting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Twitter. In a tweet posted on Friday, the party poked fun at PM Narendra Modi for wearing a traditional outfit of the Khasis of Meghalaya during his campaign rally in Mizoram.
PM Modi attended two gatherings in Mizoram on Friday, one in Lunglei and the other in Aizawl.
In the tweet, the state party unit commented: “Such lack of understanding of the diverse traditions of the North East from our Prime Minister! How can one expect him to respect the uniqueness of #Mizoram?”
The photo that accompanied the tweet had the following words written in Mizo (when roughly translated): “Modi does not know anything the culture of Mizoram. While campaigning in Mizoram he was wearing a Khasi dress and Garo headgear. The one who doesn’t know anything about the culture of Mizoram, will you allow him to stay in Mizoram?”
The Mizoram Congress tweeted the photo, which the BJP earlier shared on its verified Facebook page ahead of the PM’s visit to the poll-bound state, along with the accompanying text in Mizo.
But a quick fact-check reveals that the photo of PM Modi wearing the traditional Khasi outfit was shot during his visit to Shillong last year (video below). The BJP used it only to announce the PM’s visit to Mizoram on Friday.
The social media post by the Mizoram Congress has been retweeted 90 times and liked 163 times when this story was prepared. The post was also retweeted by former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi.
In its reply to the tweet, the BJP commented: “Dear @INCMizoram , PM spoke on many things , including how your misrule has resulted in #Mizoram being set back by years. As to lack of understanding, we remember when Pu @RahulGandhi mistook Mizoram for Manipur!!”
Mizoram goes to polls on November 28 in a single phase for the 40-seat Assembly. The Congress has been the ruling party for ten years. On the other hand, BJP is making its debut in the picturesque hill state for the first time with 39 candidates.