If Anna Hazare is looking for moral support ahead of his three-day fast against corruption in Mumbai, one place he should certainly avoid is Twitter.
On Monday, the social network community seemed more concerned about the India-Australia Boxing Day Test match in Melbourne than Hazare’s agitation. Several tweets on Hazare’s call to court arrest were sceptical.
“Go ahead, drink & drive on NYE. Congress govt wants to turn Jail Bharo Andolan into a flop show. No cops will arrest you,” tweeted a user from his handle @taklooman.
Laughing off claims that over a lakh people had signed up online for the “jail bharo”, Twitter user @nimeshpatelnp asked, “Team Anna launches online campaign for ‘jail bharo’. Are they planning any online jails like Farmville? Will it be called Tiharville?”
Yet another user @abhiandnow posted, “1 Lakh people have signed up for Jail Bharo andolan. Do you know what that means? Do you really know what that means? Less traffic.”
Earlier this year, Hazare’s fast at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi had received tremendous support on social media platforms. But the script has changed. A sense of fatigue was palpable in @Alphabetiya post: “Dear Santa. I know I’m late, but can I have one entire week where the word “Anna” or “Anti-corruption” doesn't appear in the newspaper?”
Another Twitter user @vinodsundaram asked, “Why is it that only Anna Hazare fasts every time? Kiran, Kejriwal and Bhushans can also fast, right?”
Meanwhile, India Against Corruption (IAC) continued to seek support for the agitation through its Twitter accounts. On Facebook, IAC Mumbai’s page saw people expressing support for Team Anna’s agitation. But action on the Jail Bharo Andolan community page was slow with only 993 ‘likes’.