Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is often the butt of jokes and political memes, that usually go viral on social media. Gandhi has hardly ever been taken seriously by people. But, he has been a changed man of late, almost as if he has worked up a new strategy to re-upholster his public image. Now, more aggressive than ever, Gandhi has landed some pretty cutting remarks about the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
However, a recent meme on the Congress VP was enough to remind us of the public’s old perception of him. A 20-second clip of Gandhi’s speech from Patan, Gujarat, has been doing the rounds on the internet lately, where the 47-year-old politician can be heard saying, “I will install such a machine that if you feed in potatoes from one side, you’ll get gold from the other side.”
Of course, people did not miss a heartbeat to jump on the opportunity to create ‘potato to gold’ memes, questioning Gandhi’s intelligence. Adding masala to political stories now seems to be a shared hobby amongst the masses.
Here are some of the memes and reactions from social media:
One enterprising tweeple has just now send me the formula of “to machine” startup of Sh Rahul Gandhi ji ..it’s simply hilarious pic.twitter.com/Rd55OfzfdS
— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) November 15, 2017
Exclusive pic of Rahul Gandhi selling raw gold. pic.twitter.com/dsSM2qZB6G
— Chikoo (@TweetErrant) November 14, 2017
— (@kshitija311211) November 14, 2017
Aaloo Factory feat Pikotaro pic.twitter.com/7ranw2IpbD
— Chikoo (@TwseetErrant) November 15, 2017
Rahul Gandhi’s machine that will convert Potato into Gold. pic.twitter.com/BXEpowV5JU
— Bhaad me Jaa.. (@iAbhishek_J) November 15, 2017
— Manoj Kureel (@ManojKureel) November 15, 2017
RT if you think Rahul Gandhi is India’s best stand up comedian pic.twitter.com/Xm4PSaw1Z4
— Rishi Bagree (@rishibagree) November 14, 2017
This is the outcome of Rahul Gandhi’s Aaloo daalunga – Sona niklega speech. pic.twitter.com/rxJluLxSlk
— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) November 14, 2017
“Agar dono side se aaloo dala toh kya niklega?” pic.twitter.com/2dtMOQ0nff
— one tip one hand_ (@OneTipOneHand_) November 14, 2017
Pic 1: Bappi da before entering RaGa’s Aloo Ki Factory.
Pic 2: Bappi da after coming out of RaGa’s Aloo Ki Factory. pic.twitter.com/jP2VAyVYfm
— PhD in Bakchodi (@Atheist_Krishna) November 14, 2017
Finally Rahul Gandhi has invented a machine that turns Aloo into Gold!!! pic.twitter.com/FUhyddwUvz
— Yogi Adityanath (@YogiBJP) November 15, 2017
Unbelievable..!!! After Aloo ki factory Pappu Rahul Gandhi wants to install Aloo ki Machine to churn out gold. Well hear and Enjoy this pearl of wisdom pic.twitter.com/ZTG9TWa6Gb
— Naina (@NaIna0806) November 14, 2017
The only similarity between
Rahul Gandhi’s speech is that
they both inspire you
to vote for BJP
— Mahesh Vikram Hegde (@mvmeet) November 14, 2017
However, Rahul Gandhi’s words have been taken wildly out of context. In his full 26-minute long speech, Gandhi speaks about the false promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the state of Gujarat. While talking about the promises Modi had made to potato farmers, Gandhi, quoting the Prime Minister, had made the potato-to-gold turning machine statement.
Around the 17-minute mark, Gandhi says,
He promised the Adivasi community Rs 40,000 crores, but he didn’t give them a single rupee. A few months ago when the floods came, he promised to give Rs 500 crores, but he didn’t give them a single rupee. He told potato farmers that he will install such a machine, that if you feed in potatoes from one side, you’ll get gold from the other side. These are not my words, these are the words of Narendra Modi.
It seems people started sharing the shortened clip to malign the Congress VP’s image ahead of Gujarat Assembly elections, set to be held next month. People are now sharing the full video to tackle the escalation of fake news.
Watch how the rattled Sanghis are spreading a 20 second clip to tarnish Rahul Gandhi… AND Then The Truth Always Follows!
Bjp’s Propaganda Exposed Again! pic.twitter.com/bkC0W6c25b
— Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) November 15, 2017
Yesterday I watched a video of Rahul Gandhi saying some dumb shit… Most BJP ‘living-trolls’ had shared it. Just realised it was an edited piece by these facist-propaganda-masters. Here is the full video. Am posting this because I hate lies… and that’s all BJP speaks… LIES. pic.twitter.com/xO5XGX62FX
— Ram Subramanian (Voice Of Ram) (@VORdotcom) November 16, 2017
A request from everyone
Let’s spread this original clip as far and wide as possible.#RahulGandhi exposing the Jumlas of #NarendraModi #HypocriteBJP trying to spread rhe edited version of this video#CongressForGujrat #CongressAaveChhe #RGForIndia #ModiRafaleScam pic.twitter.com/sdwJWcwx3Y
— Kushagra #WithSD (@PencyS) November 15, 2017
Perhaps from now on, people will be wary before forming a perception of someone.