Police may have been smiling after last week’s arrest of terrorists suspected to be behind the Ahmedabad bombings, but the widest smile was on the faces of Narendra Modi’s fans.
His supporters in cyberspace who came together as a group last year — Fans of Narendra Modi — months before the Gujarat elections had been keeping a low profile after the landslide victory. Their activities, mainly e-mails, power point presentations and Youtube clippings in praise of Modi, had almost stopped after the July 26 blasts that had pricked holes in the security edifice the chief minister claimed to have ensured.
But now they are back. The first in a series of the renewed campaign for Modi — a power point presentation titled Modi Shows The Way — was sent on Tuesday.
The first slide shows two sketches of Modi and describes him as a “smooth talker” and “the toughest administrator India has ever produced”. The next shows a pensive chief minister at a site in Surat where live bombs were recovered; and the following slides have excerpts from his speeches against terrorism.
“This one is the first of a series we will circulate on Modi’s tirade against terrorism,” said Dr Sashiranjan Yadav, convenor of state BJP’s IT cell which manages the Fans of Narendra Modi cyber club.
Two more such slide shows are ready, including one on How To Prevent Terrorism, Yadav said adding they would be released at “appropriate’ time” — implying another milestone in the blasts’ probe. A database of about 1 lakh e-mail
IDs, collected for Modi’s cyber campaign during the Assembly election, would be used this time, he said.
Asked why they were inactive over the past several months, Yadav said the state BJP’s IT cell had been conducting an e-literacy drive for the party’s office bearers and cadres.