Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday cited the examples of successful American entrepreneurs to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies. But his vignettes on corporate history that described the founder of Coca-Cola as a ‘shinkanji (lemonade) seller’ and that of McDonald’s a ‘dhaba wala’ didn’t go down well with many Twitter users.
The hashtag “#AccordingToRahulGandhi” became on of the top India Twitter trends, as thousands mocked the Congress leader over his statements.
Addressing a convention of OBC workers of the Congress, Gandhi sought to emphasise the point that the Modi government ignored skills and talent and did not provide the right opportunities to the backward classes .
In that context, he talked about the founders of world-renowned companies such as Coca-Cola and McDonald’s.
“Everyone must have heard about the Coca-Cola company. Who started this company. Who was he, does anyone know? I will tell you who he was. The person who started the Coca-Cola company was one who sold ‘shikanji’. He used to sell ‘shikanji’ in America. He used to mix sugar in water. His experience and talent was honoured and he got money and started the Coca-Cola company.
“You must have heard about McDonald’s company, which is seen everywhere. Who started it and what did he do? He used to run a ‘dhaba’ (roadside restaurant). You show me that ‘dhaba-walla’ in India who has created a...