On the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Tamil Nadu, hundreds of people on social media trended the hashtag #GoBackModi. The hashtag continues to be the top trend on Twitter for the past 12 hours.
The Prime Minister is visiting Madurai on Sunday for laying the foundation stone for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) that is set to come up in Thoppur. As the time of his visit nears, many on Twitter, including those from opposition parties, expressed their opposition by trending #GoBackModi, asking questions on centre's reaction to the police shooting in Thoothukudi, funds for Gaja relief among other issues.
The trend which grabbed the top spot on Saturday evening raked in around 2,50,000 tweets by 9.30 am on Sunday morning. This is not the first time the phrase is trending in Tamil Nadu.
In April 2018, when Modi was in the state to attend the Defence Expo, protestors lined up the road with black flags and balloons expressing their anger at the central government’s delay in forming the Cauvery Management Board.
Pure Gold, via @thirunangai #GoBackModi for— meena kandasamy (@meenakandasamy) January 27, 2019
- being an Imperialist stooge.
- bootlicking the comprador-bourgeois
- fascist jungle raj
- brahmin-bania agenda
- 10% reservation for upper castes
- denying cauvery water
- imprisoning the 7 tamils
- sterlite murders https://t.co/00RQEld3Gh
#GoBackModi Hindi imperialists are not welcome in proud non-Hindi lands.— Garga Chatterjee (@GargaC) January 26, 2019
Among the tweets that contributed to the trending topic #GoBackModi were those from DMK and Congress handles.
#GoBackModi— Arockia Edwin (எட்வின்) (@edwinarockia) January 27, 2019
A man who destroyed the economy of India deserves this hashtag
As usual BJP calls those that oppose their policies & leaders as “Anti-National forces”, even as their crude attempts to trend a hashtag are exposed.— Dr P Thiaga Rajan (PTR) (@ptrmadurai) January 27, 2019
As head of @DMKITwing, I reiterate that we do not follow the playbook of the BJP’s IT Cell. #GobackModi is the people’s voice. https://t.co/DrAUOkCfiP
While #GoBackModi grabbed the top spot since Saturday night, variants of hashtag which welcomed and thanked the Prime Minister -- #TNWelcomesModi and #MaduraiThanksModi -- was also trended on Twitter by BJP cadre.
However, there were a few handles that questioned this trend.
Trending #GobackModi on this occasion is IMHO wrong. PM is coming tomorrow to lay the foundation stone for what one hopes will be a premier medical Institute in TN, the AIIMS.There hv been occasions for TN to feel aggreived & let down by his Govt but this is not one of them.— Sumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) January 26, 2019