Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that PM Narendra Modi's 'endorsement' of Donald Trump's candidature for 2020 US Presidential election, caused 'serious problems with the Democrats for India'. The words of candidate Trump, ‘Abki Baar Trump Sarkar’ - Modi had said at Howdy Modi event in Houston

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, on Tuesday, took a jibe at PM Narendra Modi's recent trip to the US and said that Modi needs a lesson 'on diplomacy'. Referring to the Howdy Modi event, where PM Modi raised a slogan - Abki Baar Trump Sarkar, quite on the lines of his own Abki Baar Modi Sarkar, Gandhi said that PM's 'endorsement' caused 'serious problems with the Democrats for India'.

"Thank you Mr Jaishankar for covering up our PM’s incompetence. His fawning endorsement caused serious problems with the Democrats for India. I hope it gets ironed out with your intervention. While you’re at it, do teach him a little bit about diplomacy," Gandhi said in a tweet.

The BJP was quick to hit back at Gandhi saying that it was Gandhi who needed a lesson on diplomacy. "Rahul Gandhi's language is devolving with every passing month and it displays a lack of maturity," BJP national spokesperson Nalin Kohli told Times Now.

Gandhi's comments came after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, on Monday, clarified that PM's remarks were 'misinterpreted'. 

I think, please, look very carefully at what the prime minister said. My recollection of what the prime minister said was that candidate Trump had used this (“Ab Ki Baar Trump Sarkaar”). So PM is talking about the past. I don’t think we should, honestly, misinterpret what was said. I don’t think you’re doing a good service to anybody,” Jaishankar was quoted as saying by news agency PTI when questioned about what PM's remarks would mean for Indo-US relations.

“I mean, he (Modi) was pretty clear what he was talking about. He was saying, this is what you said as a candidate, which showed that you were trying to, (connect with India and its people even as a candidate),” Jaishankar said.