However, it came too late in the day, with several BJP leaders already hitting out at the Congress, saying the party is classist and "anti-poor". It showed Modi telling the two leaders about the Opposition's memes targeting him.
The meme, which was subsequently deleted after a social media backlash, showed Modi with Donald Trump and Theresa May, whereby he mispronounces the word "meme", leading to Trump correcting his pronunciation and May suggesting Modi stick to selling tea. "Does crown prince Rahul Gandhi support this?"
Three and a half years after Mani Shankar Aiyar invited Narendra Modi, then the NDA's prime ministerial candidate, to sell tea at an All India Congress Committee convention, the Grand Old Party appeared to have repeated the gaffe on Tuesday. Similar impact will be seen now. "Congress has not only insulted PM but also 6 crore Gujaratis and 1.25 billion Indians". His modest origins helped contrast him with Rahul Gandhi, whose role at the centre of the Congress is owed entirely to his last name and the power it wields within the party.More news: Uber hacked and paid up $100000 for concealed data
"What is about elements of the Congress party that commit political suicide with such fantastic regularity?"
Before becoming the Prime Minister in 2014 with a thumping majority, Modi was mocked as a tea-seller who can never be a Prime Minister.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the party "strongly disapproves and rejects such humour". "Differences on policy and opinion aside, Congress culture imbibes respect for the PM and all political opponents".
Although the tweet was deleted immediately, the handle has been tweeting images on a routine basis targetting PM Modi.