Modi should stop claiming that “125 crore Indians” are with him. This is not true – not in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh. People of Karnataka will soon reveal their stand
Black flags have been raised against other Prime Ministers in the past. But this is probably the first time that black balloons were seen flying in the skies of Chennai as Narendra Modi’s helicopter took them directly from the airport to the IIT Madras Campus.
Thanks to the chopper, the Prime Minister was able to avoid the street protests en route 15 kilometers, but could not erase the symbolic significance of the dark clouds of discontent in Tamil Nadu, where almost every opposition party and activist group was part of the demonstrations. in.
On the streets and on social media also, there was an atmosphere of deep consolation and enmity throughout the day on Thursday. The cyberspace hashtag with a tweet with the #GoBackModi.
Tamil Nadu’s water crisis and unwillingness to resolve the Cauvery water dispute were themselves targeted because of the central government’s insensitive insensitivity.
The volume and intensity of the storm of online messages and posts was so great that it quickly alerted the foreigners of India. Several global news sites and international online newspapers reported that the “hashtag #GoBackModi has become the top trend worldwide on Twitter”.
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It was also reported that Facebook and Instagram users shared photos from the city’s protests in Chennai, demanding action on the Cauvery water distribution issue.
It became clear that Narendra Modi’s popularity as Prime Minister has declined. The dissatisfaction is boiling in Tamil Nadu, especially as the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee have not been able to act on the Supreme Court’s directive.
A Twitter user posted photos of street protests in which a child was shown with a black flag and another showed a group of black-shirted men flying black balloons. He wrote: “Tamil Nadu welcomed PM Modi in this way. #GoBackModi trending at number 1, it also shows why you should not underestimate the power of South Indians. “
In both on-ground and online outbursts of fury, two basic themes were prominent – that the BJP’s political calculations and compulsions during the Karnataka assembly elections are behind the deliberate delay in following the Modi government’s court order; And overall, the southern states are being treated half-heartedly as the BJP-led NDA government is dominated by the parties in the north.
Both these public perceptions are potentially alarming, especially given the growing sense that even within the NDA’s ruling coalition, southern partners are abbreviated – the recent exit of the Telugu Desam Party of Andhra Pradesh to the obvious and most telling of this bias Being evidence.
A Twitter user posted photos of street protests in which a child was shown with a black flag and another showed a group of black-shirted men flying black balloons. He wrote: “Tamil Nadu welcomed PM Modi in this way. #GoBackModi is trending at number 1, it also shows why you should not underestimate the power of South Indians ”
This means that the second slogan coined by Modi – “cooperative federalism” – is a lie. Nor is it good for the unity or unequal development of the country and healthy democracy.
The reason for Kerala’s indifference to the fact rather than thinking is that at present the relationship between the Center and the state government is at a flash point, resulting in not only increasing mutual discrimination between the BJP and the Left, but also violence and bloodshed. Happening.
In Karnataka too, there are signs that airing the flames of communal and caste strife is an intrinsic element of the BJP’s electoral strategy. There is also growing apprehension that if, as it seems, Modi and Amit Shah have failed to get the majority of voters in their favor, the people of the state will soon face retaliation.
As a result of increasing disqualification and mistrust among the people of the southern states, Narendra Modi’s repeated claims that he has the support of 125 crore Indians are now more hollow than ever.
South India, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana as well as the Union Territories of Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep, account for about 20 percent of India’s land area. Estimates of the population also exceed the total sixth.
Ignoring this reality would be disastrous for the BJP politically and electorally. This will be even more disastrous for the country.
Right now, it appears that Narendra Modi’s personal popularity is not high in any southern state. The black flag, balloons and demonstrations in Chennai on Thursday underline this assessment.
At the very least, Modi would be well advised to stop making claims in his speeches, especially when he travels abroad, with “125 crore Indians” behind him. This is not true – not in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. The people of Karnataka will soon reveal where they stand.