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Congress uses Sonia’s outburst to fuel anti-PM campaign on Twitter

india Updated: May 11, 2016 00:43 IST
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Congress president Sonia Gandhi (File photo)

Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s rare emotional outburst on Monday has become the party’s latest weapon to attack the BJP on social media.

The party started #LionessSonia on Twitter, the micro-blogging site, to cash on Gandhi’s poll speech in Kerala where she spoke about her life as an Indian. During a debate on calling attention motion on the VVIP chopper deal in the Lok Sabha last week, Congress party’s chief whip Jyotiraditya Scindia had described her as a “sherni (lioness)” of whom the BJP is scared.

“I came here in 1968 as daughter-in law of late Indira Gandhi. I lived my whole life as an Indian. Till my last breath I will be here and my ashes will mingle with this land,” she said in Thiruvananthapuram, accusing the RSS-BJP of hounding her for 48 years about her birth in Italy. On the verge of tears she started saying she has to say something personal than political.

As both supporters and baiters hit the #LionessSonia, it quickly became one of the top trending subjects in the micro-blogging site.

One of her supporters said, “Elected MP, Party Prez, Chairperson UPA, NAC Abused as “Remote Control”?? Then WHAT is Unelected RSS ?”

“Lions don’t lose sleep over the opinion of sheep. More power to you #LionessSonia”, read another tweet.

Her critics also used the #LionessSonia to take potshots at the Congress and its president.

“Yet another ‘promoted’ trend. When will these parties learn these don’t mean anything except bills from their agencies,” tweeted

Days after Prime Minister Modi attacked her in his poll speech in Kerala, Gandhi turned the tables on the BJP from the same state during her poll campaign on Monday.

“I know PM Modi is unable to understand my feelings. I don’t know why he’s resorting to underhand tricks. But I am sure people of this country will understand me,” she said at an election rally, adding her 93-year-old mother and two sisters still live in Italy, in a candid speech.