Prime Minister Narendra Modi has often caught the imagination of social media, and it wasn’t any different on Friday, April Fools day.
The day began with a troll war on Twitter between Modi supporters and critics, with the tag #ModiDiwas taking potshots at the Prime Minister for the unfulfilled promises.
Of the many, Modi’s promise to bring back offshore black money was a clear winner. “15 Lacs got credited in my account just now,” read one tweet, while another posted: “You promised us 15 lakh in our bank accounts but credited in Vijay Mallyas account. He run away from India.”
Supporters bit the bait, and hit back.
“Those who are trending #ModiDiwas are the ones who will keep crying for next 10 years. Good guys, Keep it up. You are making India proud,” said a tweet.
“Not only today everyday is #ModiDiwas. Feel proud that there is a leader like him who is only thinking abt our country,” another supporter tweeted.
Other Modi references included his ongoing foreign tour.
After he was declared BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in 2014, the Congress and its supporters had started a social media campaign tagged #feku during an event organised by a chamber of commerce which Modi attended. BJP loyalists responded in kind with #pappu when Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi spoke at similar event.
This time however rival parties, including the CPI(M) which has a strong social media presence too, refrained from joining in. This could possibly be because Modi is currently abroad, attending the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington D.C.
But that didn’t stop twitterati.
While the tag #Aprilfools, marking the first day of the month, got 2,83,000 tweets, #ModiDiwas received 27,600 tweets. This led to a user dubbing the day #ModiDay.