Congressmen offered steaming milk to autorickshaw drivers and pedestrians

Congress activists launched a RaGa milk booth in front of the District Congress Committee (Bhopal City) office, here on Friday. The stall was launched to counter the Modi tea kiosk programmes the BJP has launched nationwide.

Led by leaders Monu Saxena and Manoj Shukla, Congressmen offered steaming milk to autorickshaw drivers and pedestrians in paper cups with pictures of their party's Vice President Rahul Gandhi. Saxena said,"This is an initiative by the youth to oppose the divisive policies of the BJP."

The BJP has had similar programmes at railway stations in Madhya Pradesh, which saw senior party leaders distribute tea along with campaign paraphernalia is in support of their PM candidate Narendra Modi. Mr. Modi has also started "Chai pe Charcha" interactions with voters at tea stalls to project himself as a champion of common people.

The BJP's MP unit has also launched a Tulsi Yatra programme to distribute Holy Basil saplings to households. A symbol of purity in India, the party is attempting to use the yatra to publicise the corruption scandals in the UPA.

Former Bihar CM Lalu Yadav has also launched Lalu Chai Stalls in Bihar to counter Modi's tea stalls. The RaGa milk stall here however is a local campaign by former youth Congressmen in Bhopal. Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma had earlier claimed that Modi's tea has opium to poison people's minds.