Amit Malviya, a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was slammed by Congress leaders on Wednesday after he claimed in a tweet that Jitendra Singh Alwar, a former Union minister and Congress politician, had tied Rahul Gandhi’s shoelace while he was participating in the Bharat Jodo Yatra. The Congressman made it clear that he actually knelt to knot his own shoelace. Singh called the tweet “defamatory” and threatened legal action unless Malviya issued an apology.
Earlier, Jitendra Singh could be seen kneeling in front of Rahul Gandhi as he faced him in a video clip that Amit Malviya released from the yatra. The BJP IT chief claimed that the Congressman kneeled to fasten Rahul Gandhi’s shoelace.
“Former union minister Bhanwar Jitendra Singh goes down on his knee to tie Rahul Gandhi’s shoelace. The arrogant entitled brat instead of helping himself is seen patting his back,” Malviya tweeted. “Kharge ji was talking about this practice? There is no dearth of generations in Congress.”
Congress leaders demanded an apology from him for lying about the situation after his tweet. Jitendra Singh claimed that after Rahul Gandhi made the observation, he knelt down to tie his own shoelaces. “I was not aware that my shoelaces came off. Rahul ji pointed that out and asked me to tie them otherwise I might trip on them. Therefore, I requested him to pause for two minutes and I ties my laces,” he said in a video.
Congress leader and national spokesperson Supriya Shrinate, also shared videos, photos, and an image of Rahul Gandhi’s shoe.
On Wednesday, the Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra crossed the border into Haryana from Rajasthan at the Mundka crossing. From Patan Udaipuri in Rajasthan, it continued and early that morning, it arrived in Nuh. Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, prominent Congress figures Kumari Selja, Deepender Singh Hooda, Udai Bhan, newly appointed Haryana Congress in-charge Shaktisinh Gohil, and others have expressed their support for it.