As Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi queued up outside the State Bank of India’s Parliament Street Branch in New Delhi on Friday, Twitter users once again had a gala time trolling the young leader. The 46-year-old Congress leader had visited the SBI Branch as he wanted to stand with those who were facing trouble’s due to the government’s demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. Speaking to reporters at the venue, he said, “Gareeb vyakti ko kasht ho raha hai, mai yahan Rs 4,000 badalne aaya hoon (Poor people are in trouble, I am here to get Rs 4, 000 exchanged).”
The scion of the Gandhi family had earlier lambasted at the Modi government on Twitter saying that the demonetisation would affect farmers, small shopkeepers and housewives. He also said that the black money-holders were “sitting tight” amid the troubles faced by common people. On Friday, as the crowds jostled to take a selfie with Gandhi, he added, “Kya apko yaha koi suit boot pehne dikh raha hai, yaha par sab aam log hai jo pareshan hai, par Modi ji ko isse kya farak padta hai. (Can you see anybody here who is high and mighty? Only the troubled common people are here. But how does it matter to Modiji?)” he said.
Twitter users had a field day dissecting, over-analysing and trolling his decision to visit the bank. Here are some of the tweets:
Gandhi’s criticism of the demonetisation was taken head on by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who asked Gandhi to “apply his mind” and understand that farmers wont face any tax whether they keep their money at home or in banks.