Rahul Gandhi made a gaffe in front of a huge crowd when he said that the person who found international aerated drink brand Coca-Cola was a ‘shikanji’ seller in America. Union Minister Arun Jaitley has launched an unsparing attack on Rahul Gandhi over his factually creative comment in his recent blog.
"Two days ago, while addressing a gathering of what they claimed were their OBC supporters, Rahul Gandhi spoke on the entrepreneurial skills of Shikanjiwalas, dhabawalas and mechanics. Though factually what he stated was incorrect, the larger point is that he saw virtues in these professions which can act as a launch pad for many start-ups", Jaitely wrote.
He further took a jibe against Congress President by calling his comment as a monumental work for Coca-Cola.
"The great-grandson of the man who authored 'The Discovery of India' could with his customary inaccuracies one day give to this country his monumental work on 'The Rediscovery of Coca-Cola'.
Earlier on Monday, Rahul Gandhi addressed an 'OBC sammelan' event at New Delhi's Talkatora stadium when he made a number of statements. Towards the middle of his speech, while attacking the government on support for businesses and on employment, Rahul Gandhi said the following:
"Have you heard of Coca-Cola? Is there anyone who hasn't heard of it? Now tell me who started it. Who was it? Does anyone know? I will tell you. The person who started Coca-Cola was a Shikanji-seller in the US. He used to sell Shikanji in the US. He used to mix sugar in water. His experience and effort were respected. He was given money and the Coca-Cola company started."
After his remarks, a hashtag #AccordingToRahulGandhi started trending on Twitter.