Twitterati flock to the micro-blogging site Twitter to send a harsh message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of his visit to Tamil Nadu, the southern state of India.
Twitter has been trending whole day with several lakhs of tweets have been doing the rounds. Hashtags #GoBackModi and #GoBackSadistModi with some very offensive images in which Modi is being throw out of the state.
At Madurai, PM Modi was to lay the foundation stone for an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) today.
A majority of tweets contain a cartoon that has an outline of Tamil Nadu with the face of late rationalist leader EVR Periyar saying “Go Back Modi”. Some have farmers also.
The posts largely reflect the state’s anger over the central government’s alleged failure to help people during the cyclone Gaja. The cyclone left over 3 lakh people homeless and uprooted around 11 lakh trees crippling the livelihood of a huge population.
— Gowtham DM (@GowthamDM4) January 27, 2019
— Srinivasan S (@sriinii23lh) January 27, 2019
— Ankur Batri (@BatriAnkur) January 27, 2019
— Narayan Solanki (@Narayan33213) January 27, 2019
This man made a statue of 3000 cr but gave Kerala only 500 cr during floods.
Opposed any foreign funding for Kerala.
Always mocked, demeaned, ridiculed Kerala in every possible way.
— Sanghamitra (@AudaciousQuest) January 27, 2019
— இராஜசேகர் (@KAG_SekarTwitz) January 27, 2019
The prime minister was also to inaugurate the super specialty blocks of Madurai’s Rajaji Medical College, and Thanjavur and Tirunelveli Medical Colleges, as part of upgradation projects of the government.
He was also to visit Kochi in Kerala today and unveil a plaque to dedicate to the nation an integrated refinery expansion complex of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited. PM Modi also laid the foundation stone for a petrochemical complex at the same venue.
“The trend #GoBackModi is a portent of what to expect in 2019 for BJP. This ain’t a mere Twitter Trend but the anti BJP Sentiment that’s trending. TN shows the way on how to deal with anti people Megalomaniacs who thrive only on gestures unmatched by Deeds. Beginning of the End!” DMK Spokesperson Saravanan Annadurai tweeted.
The trend #GoBackModi is a portent of what to expect in 2019 for BJP. This ain’t a mere Twitter Trend but the anti BJP Sentiment that’s trending. TN shows the way on how to deal with anti people Megalomaniacs who thrive only on gestures unmatched by Deeds. Beginning of the End!
— Saravanan Annadurai (@asaravanan21) January 27, 2019
Head of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s (DMK) IT wing, P Thiaga Rajan, said that the trending hashtags were the people’s voice and that the party had nothing to do with it. “I reiterate that we do not follow the playbook of the BJP’s IT Cell,” he said in a tweet.
As usual BJP calls those that oppose their policies & leaders as “Anti-National forces”, even as their crude attempts to trend a hashtag are exposed.
— Dr P Thiaga Rajan (PTR) (@ptrmadurai) January 27, 2019
Meanwhile, thousands of other tweets also welcomed PM Modi to Madurai and thanked him for setting up AIIMS in the city. Hashtags like #MaduraiThanksModi and #TNWelcomesModi too have been among the top trends on Twitter today.
The BJP has a negligible presence in Tamil Nadu. After Jayalalitha’s death in 2016, it has been pointed out that the BJP is exploiting the weak leadership in the AIADMK to forge an alliance for the upcoming national election.
It isn’t the first time that #GoBackModi is trending on Twitter. In April last year, when he had visited Chennai for the Defence Expo, #GoBackModi had trended. Hundreds of protesters belonging to opposition parties had let black balloons in the air at the time.