Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wished UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on her birthday. But his decision to extend birthday greetings to his political rival backfired for the prime minister as he faced incessant trolling on Twitter.
This was after Modi tweeted, “Best wishes to Smt. Sonia Gandhi Ji on her birthday. I pray for her long and healthy life.”
Best wishes to Smt. Sonia Gandhi Ji on her birthday. I pray for her long and healthy life.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 9, 2018
Modi’s tweet wishing Gandhi on her birthday elicited considerable response on the microblogging site, where his post was liked more than 30,000 times and shared by nearly 4,000 users. The tweet also evokes almost 2,000 comments with most slamming him for his perceived hypocrisy.
Activist Subhasini Ali wrote, “You’re congratulating a person who you were targeting with cheap comments only two days ago.” Congress supporter Suryanarayan Ganesh wrote, “Dei #NeechModi, no need for fake wishes after abusing her so much.” Another Congress supporter Mahek wrote, “After ur awful comment ‘Congress ki vidhwa’ Shame on you. No woman with a little self respect for her clan can forgive you.”
Ali and other Congress supporters were referring to Modi’s comments made during an election rally in Rajasthan last week, mocking Gandhi’s widow status. Addressing an election rally in Rajasthan on 4 December, a day before the last day of campaigning for the assembly elections, Modi was attacking the Congress for allegedly being the harbinger of corruption in India since it governed the country for the longest period of time. It was during his speech when he said, “Can you imagine? The Congress ran a government in our country, where an unborn daughter was not just shown born but also dead and her widow’s pension was also shown to be paid. Which widow used to receive this money? Who was this widow in the Congress whose account this money used to be transferred?”