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BIG BLOOPER: Calling Congress 'the Foundational Idea Of India', Surjewala Posts Flag Of Bolivia

Written By Ankit Prasad | Mumbai | Published:


  • Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala has committed an embarrassing gaffe while hailing the Congress party
  • While signing off on a tweet by writing Jai Hind, he posted the flag of Bolivia
  • The Congress has been firefighting the fallout from Shashi Tharoor's controversial 'Hindu Pakistan' comment

Congress party media in-charge and key Rahul Gandhi-aide Randeep Singh Surjewala committed an embarrassing gaffe on Thursday when he tweeted out a wrong flag while ending a tweet with "Jai Hind".

Taking to the microblogging platform on a day when he had to issue statements towards damage limitation after Shashi Tharoor's controversial 'Hindu Pakistan' comment, Surjewala, a Haryana MLA, posted the flag of Bolivia instead of that of India.

Surjewala was attempting to repudiate an Urdu news article regarding Rahul Gandhi's reach-out to members of the Muslim community on Wednesday.

In his counter, Surjewala hailed the Congress as a party for 132 crore Indians irrespective of their faith, ethnicity or colour. He then said that the Congress was the foundational idea of India and that no bhakt would deter them from treading "the path".

Unfortunately, he concluded his tweet with a Jai Hind with the emoji for the flag of what turns out to be Bolivia.

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Here is the tweet, which has now been deleted:

And here is the tweet that has been issued in its place, this time with no risk taken with regards to a flag:

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A short while earlier, tweeting in the context of Shashi Tharoor's statement that if the BJP wins in 2019 it would turn India into a Hindu Pakistan, Surjewala said the following: 

"India’s values & fundamentals are an unequivocal guarantee of our civilisational role & set us apart from the divisive idea of Pakistan. 

All Congress leaders must realise this historic responsibility bestowed upon us while choosing words & phraseology to reject BJP’s hatred"

Here's an excerpt of what Shashi Tharoor had said on Wednesday while addressing a gathering in Thiruvananthapuram :

"If they are able to win a repeat of their current strength in Lok Sabha, then frankly our democratic constitution as we understand it will not survive. Because all the three elements they need to tear up the constitution of India and write a new one are there. And that will be a new one that will enshrine the principle of a Hindu Rashtra, that will remove equality for the minorities, that will create a Hindu Pakistan."

Watch Shashi Tharoor's full remarks here.

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