- Alpesh Thakor suggested PM has "mushrooms from Taiwan"
- Twitter erupted with "imported mushroom" jokes
- Alpesh Thakore, 40, is an OBC leader; joined Congress ahead of polls
"Imported mushroom" became a trending topic after Mr Thakor's comments at a rally on the last day of campaigning for the Gujarat election.
"Somebody told me that Modiji has imported mushrooms from Taiwan...Each mushroom costs Rs 80,000 and PM Modi has five every day...I was told he has had them since he was Chief Minister," remarked Mr Thakor, 40, who is contesting the assembly election from Radhanpur in Patan district.
At this point, his story took a bizarre turn. "So I said, he was dark like me, no wonder he is fair now. I was wondering how he has become gora chitta and glowing like tomatoes. A person who has mushrooms worth Rs 1 crore 20 lakh a month can't have poor man's food...like roti-dal," he said.
It is not clear what variety of mushroom Mr Thakor was discussing, but a search reveals that the world's most expensive is the rare European white truffle, which costs 2,200 euros or Rs 1.6 lakh for around half a kg.
Mr Thakor is seen as part of a trio of prominent leaders that includes Hardik Patel and Jignesh Mevani - activists who have challenged the ruling BJP and have drawn sizeable crowds to their public rallies. While the Congress fears it may have overestimated Mr Thakor's influence, the BJP has dismissed his potential impact saying he and his father are former Congressmen and that the young leader had earlier contested elections as a Congress candidate and lost.
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