Gone are the days when the political class could escape scrutiny when election results did not go their way. In the world of Twitter, there is no escaping brutal and instant citizen judgement served with dollops of biting humour.
The Maharashtra and Haryana assembly election results on Sunday served the perfect canvas for Twitteratti. Armed with wit, sarcasm and the 140-character limit, they had a field day, primarily at the expense of those on the losing side.
Potshots were taken at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, whose party secured one seat in Maharashtra. There were words of caution for runaway winner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) too.
Even Star Movies did not want to lose out on politics, a key binding factor on Twitter.
Where is Rahul Gandhi ? He's probably watching #ThorOnStarMovies! Join him & invite your friends this exciting Sunday!— STAR Movies India (@StarMoviesIndia) October 19, 2014
Hope BJP government brings in much awaited winters in Mumbai. That will be the real ache din.— Dorkstar (@Dorkstar) October 19, 2014
We don't have any problem if BJP forms an Alliance with NCP. They can go ahead, says Uddhav Thackeray and then goes to a corner and sobs— Joy (@Joydas) October 19, 2014
The NCP should just make besharmi ki height it's official anthem already— Khamba (@gkhamba) October 19, 2014
MNS decimated. Damn these North Indian Maharashtrian voters.— oculus #hdl (@daddy_san) October 19, 2014
Raj Thackeray's MNS has won one seat. I don't think that is what he meant when he said his party will be number one in Maharashtra— The Bad Doctor (@doctoratlarge) October 20, 2014
NCP offer to support BJP in Maharashtra, in legal terminology is called anticipatory bail— Ra_Bies (@Ra_Bies) October 19, 2014
The Congress rout from their territories has been so bad, they have asked UN to intervene.— CelebRatty (@YearOfRat) October 20, 2014
India: where we condemn NDA for not revealing Swiss bank account holders and then rejoice granting of bail to Jayalalitha in corruption case— Bhak Sala (@bhak_sala) October 18, 2014
BJP President issues a Show cause notice to Rahul Gandhi for BJP not getting complete majority in Maharashtra.— GabbbarSingh (@GabbbarSingh) October 19, 2014