Twitter war over Yogi visit

Congress and BJP spar on social media platform; initial cordial posts are trolled

Published: 08th January 2018 04:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th January 2018 07:14 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s visit to Bengaluru for BJP’s Karnataka Parivartana Rally spawned two separate hashtags on Sunday. While #YogiInBengaluru - used by BJP leaders and others - sought to publicise the events attended by him, #HogappaYogi - trended by Congress leaders - took a dig at the development indicators of Uttar Pradesh and criticised Adityanath.

The hashtag #YogiInBengaluru initially trended with positive posts about the Chief Minister but soon fell prey to trolling and critical posts from Congress leaders. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah too tweeted using the hashtag, saying: “I welcome UP CM Shri @myogiadityanath to our state. There is a lot you can learn from us Sir. When you are here please visit an Indira Canteen & a ration shop. It will help you address the starvation deaths sometimes reported from your state. #YogiInBengaluru”.

State BJP leaders, who had been tweeting using the hashtag, were quick to respond. Retweeting Siddaramaiah’s tweet, State BJP president B S Yeddyurappa wrote: “Thanks CM @siddaramaiah for welcoming Shri @myogiadityanath ji to our state. Election eve at least has made you courteous. Inaugurating Indira canteen @OfficeOfRG (Rahul Gandhi’s twitter handle) admitted Amma canteen inspired it. Hope BLR roads turned potholes under your leadership don’t impact Yogiji !”

Earlier, Yeddyurappa had tweeted that Siddaramaiah had started speaking about his religion as soon as UP CM came to the state. “If Yogi visits the state a couple more times, it won’t be a surprise if Siddaramaiah chants the ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan,” he tweeted in Kannada.

Thank you for the welcome @siddaramaiah ji. I heard number of farmers committing suicide in Karnataka was highest in your regime, not to mention the numerous deaths and transfer of honest officers. As UP CM I am working to undo the misery and lawlessness unleashed by your allies.

#HogappaYogi, a hashtag inspired by Keralites #PoMoneYogi, trended in third place for most part of Sunday, during Adityanath’s rally. Posts with the tag consisted of memes and comparative graphs of various indicators between Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. While most of the tweets with the hashtag originated from Congress IT cell, some tweeple too made their presence felt. One of the most discussed photos under the hashtag had Yeddyurappa bowing before Yogi at the rally. Another tweet with the hashtag by Sharat (@re_sharat) read: “In UP he brought Law and Order under control by withdrawing all cases against him!!!! #HogappaYogi”.

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