Amid reports that Delhi LG Najeeb Jung may invite the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form government in Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders took to Twitter to register their opposition to the possibility.
The party's official handle and its senior leaders tweeted with the hashtag #GovtByChorDarwaza expressing their displeasure. The term essentially means "backdoor government" or as AAP supporters call it "government through horse trading".
"Why is BJP intent on forming #GovtByChorDarwaza? Why running away from elections? And they called AAP Bhagoda? Who is Bhagoda now?" tweeted @AamAadmiParty on Friday afternoon and went on to retweet several tweets that used the hashtag.
#GovtByChorDarwaza trended on Twitter the entire day and was the third highest used hashtag with close to 20,000 tweets about it. Compare that to the most used with #HappyTeachersDay with around 40,000 tweets on it.
Earlier in the day senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia told ANI that he was unsure how "a government of horse-trading will control inflation and power crisis in Delhi."
On a similar note, Yogendra Yadav, another senior AAP member, tweeted, "Constitutional offices are dragging our democracy backwards. Welcome back to 'achchhe din' when MLAs were bought and sold."
Delhi has been under President's rule since Arvind Kejriwal's resignation from the chief minister's post mid-February this year. He had stepped down due to the delay in passing the Lokpal bill, calling it a deliberate effort by the BJP and the Congress.
The chief minister's post has been a major bone of contention since, especially after BJP's landslide victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Recently, Kejriwal apologised for quitting after just 49 days as CM and promised to stay his term if re-elected.
Amid the speculation, home minister Rajnath Singh told ministers on Friday that "the party will take a decision". He added that he was yet to receive the LG's report.
AAP members, however, have been relentless on Twitter. Journalist-turned-politician Ashutosh tweeted, "It will be rape of constitution if a party which has refused to form govt once, is invited to form the Govt!!!" on Friday morning.
Here are some more tweets from AAP members and supporters against the decision:
On this teacher's day our PM is going to teach nation that how to form a manipulated government! #GovtByChorDarwaza— Ankit Lal (@ankitlal) September 5, 2014
Height of shamelessness by BJP by even desiring to form govt at delhi. @narendramodi ji, children get taught by examples n not speeches.— Adv. Somnath Bharti (@attorneybharti) September 5, 2014
On Teachers' Day, I thank @narendramodi for teaching us how Govt. machinery and public funds can openly be used for propaganda. Good lesson!— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) September 5, 2014
कही बच्चो को ये तो नहीं सिखाया जायेगा कि सरकार में नंबर पुरे न होने पर खरीद-फरोख्त भी की जा सकती हैं,कुर्सी चाहिये बस । #GovtByChorDarwaza— Col DevinderSehrawat (@ColSehrawat) September 5, 2014
Since May16 there's systematic subversion of judiciary,constitutional offices,spirit of democracy & constitution of India #GovtByChorDarwaza— raghav chadha (@raghav_chadha) September 5, 2014
जब नजीब जंग जैसे बीजेपी के निष्ठावान उपराज्यपाल मौजूद हो तो चुनाव की क्या जरुरत है #GovtByChorDarwaza— Gurbaksh Singh AAP (@grb45) September 5, 2014
Do you want to send the message that #GovtByChorDarwaza is not welcome? Make a missed call at 08088331113 and register your protest.— Priyanka Chowhan (@AAP4Future) September 5, 2014
Itani badi badi baaten kya bus bolane ke liye hai.on1 hand pm talks of principles in ones life and on other hand #GovtByChorDarwaza in delhi— Proud Indian (@indian4aap) September 5, 2014
Minimum leadership Maximum dealership We know what "critical" examination BJP will do if invited to form govt, dont we? #GovtByChorDarwaza— Arvind Jha (@jalajboy) September 5, 2014
— Durgesh Pathak (@ipathak25) September 5, 2014
29>32, #GovtByChorDarwaza in Delhi?"— Satyendar Jain (@SatyendarJain) September 5, 2014
"Thank you. The illegal attempt to form #GovtByChorDarwaza must be opposed. Support AAP and help us fight for you." I got this sms, Hv u?— Sunil (@Sunil_Choudhari) September 5, 2014