Hours before the Rajya Sabha was set to debate the AgustaWestland chopper scam, a proxy war broke out on Twitter over the issue.
Supporters of the BJP, Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) traded barbs on the micro-blogging platform, even as “#SoniamanagedModi” and “#CongressTerrorinRajyaSabha” became top trending topics.
While AAP sympathisers attacked both the ruling party and the Congress under “#SoniamanagedModi”, BJP supporters used “#CongressTerrorinRajyaSabha” to hit out at the Opposition party to underline its alleged policy of disrupting sessions and blocking bills in the upper house.
These tactics serve both the AAP and the BJP well. As the Arvind Kejriwal-led party is yet to open its account in the Rajya Sabha, the social media is its best bet at attacking both the BJP and the Congress ahead of the debate on what has become the most contentious issue in Indian politics.
The BJP, on the other hand, enjoys a clear upper hand in the social media just as it remains a minority in the Congress-dominated Rajya Sabha. As there is no guarantee that Congress members will allow BJP speakers to talk freely in the upper house, the ruling party finds it easier to attack Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the others on Twitter – where it has a large following.
The AAP’s unique position gives it the freedom to attack everybody in sight, sans discrimination.
Discussion in Parliament on Helicopter Scam is all abt public posturing by BJP,Modi lacks political will to punish guilty #SoniaManagedModi— Aam Aadmi Party- AAP (@AamAadmiParty) May 4, 2016
In another tweet, AAP said:
BJP is all about only noise and no action, despite evidence indicting Sonia Gandhi in public domain, amply clear that #SoniaManagedModi— Aam Aadmi Party- AAP (@AamAadmiParty) May 4, 2016