Bengaluru: As soon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Karnataka on Thursday to undertake a two-day visit to Bengaluru and Tumakuru, an old hashtag resurfaced on Twitter. Also Read - Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti 2020: PM Modi Greets People on Birth Anniversary of 10th Sikh Guru
As of 2:45 pm, #GoBackModi became the top trend on Twitter with more than 12,000 tweets, with the number only increasing every second. Notably, the hashtag is a variation of #ModiGoBack, which is a part of a campaign by Bengaluru-based activists to prompt the PM to go back. Also Read - Will You Follow Me Back, Tweets Fan, 'Done So,' Replies PM Modi
“We want him to know that he is not welcome in South India because of his actions – his centralisation of power, his attempt to impose Hindi on South India and the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA),” activist Manohar Elavarthy told the Deccan Herald. Also Read - PM Modi To Visit Karnataka Today, Will Release Third Installment of PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi
Incidentally, the same hashtag trended way back in September 2019, when the PM had visited Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai. He faced a similar social media backlash yet again when he visited the state in March, just ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
In November 2019, when Modi arrived for campaigning in the Assembly polls in Jharkhand, #GoBackModi was again among the top Twitter trends.
Meanwhile, here are some tweets from today’s Twitter storm where citizens are seen complaining about various govt policies:
As part of his two-day visit to Karnataka, PM Modi is scheduled to visit Tumakuru on Thursday to pay his obeisance to the departed seer of Siddaganga Math Shivakumara Swamiji and meet the present pontiff Siddalinga Mahaswamiji.
Later in the day, he is supposed to address a mega public meeting and in the evening he will reach Bengaluru to visit the DRDO facility to dedicate five DRDO Young Scientists Laboratories to the nation.