One question that appears to have dominated the debate around this year’s Lok Sabha polls is who Indians should vote for if Narendra Modi is not their choice. Noted filmmaker Anurag Kashyap also joined the debate on Sunday, when he favoured senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari over Modi as part of his solution. This led to his incessant trolling with some saying that choosing Gadkari was akin to appreciating Arnab Goswai of Times Now over Arnab Goswami of Republic TV, where he has turned out to be more vicious and seemingly irrational.
Kashyap had written on Twitter, “I will tell you a far greater option to Modi within the BJP is Gadkari . One thing you can’t take out of indian politics is corruption. They all are the same. But what you definitely can take out is communalism, the politics of hate and fear.”
I will tell you a far greater option to Modi within the BJP is Gadkari . One thing you can’t take out of indian politics is corruption. They all are the same. But what you definitely can take out is communalism, the politics of hate and fear. https://t.co/7HaQYXpHTB
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) April 13, 2019
His tweet evoked plenty of reactions with most social media users appearing to disagree with the famous Bollywood filmmaker. Journalist Priya Ramani wrote, “Most naive.’ Journalist Mohan Sinha wrote, “Ha ha! Gadkari? A man who wears his RSS upbringing and his khaki shorts with pride!! Get a life Kashyap.” One Twitter user Paash wrote, “That’s literally the most idiotic work of Kashyap, even more than Bombay Velvet. Gadkari is the closest man to RSS. Now Kashyap will write, not all people in RSS are bad few of them are good too. This is how Liberals normalize Fascism.”
User Sadipan Mitra tweeted, “”Give me times now wala Arnab Goswami instead of Republic wala Arnab Goswami.”
This year’s Lok Sabha polls are taking place in seven phases with the second phase scheduled for 18 April. The counting will take place on 23 May. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a second term for himself in office, while Rahul Gandhi has emerged as a serious challenger after his party defeated the BJP in three key states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh.