CHENNAI: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to Tamil Nadu to attend the foundation-laying ceremony of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), protests erupted not just in India, but worldwide.
The hashtag #GoBackModi became the top worldwide trend on Twitter. #TNWelcomesModi was no match to the hashtag #GoBackModi. #GoBackModi had received nearly 4 lakh tweets while #TNWelcomesModi had only 1,47,000 tweets posted under the hashtag.
The Tamilians vented their anger over his refusal to visit the state when it was ravaged by cyclone Gaja that left more than three lakh homeless, destroyed and crops and over 11 lakh trees uprooted by the nature’s fury last year.
Thousands shared an illustration with the Tamil Nadu map outline bearing the message ‘Go Back Modi,’ while a local farmer is seen disparagingly kicking the PM out of the state.
— yamin (@yamin_inc) January 27, 2019
— Shabbir Ahmed (@Ahmedshabbir20) January 27, 2019
Modiji is visiting Madurai for
*Promoting AIIMS is 15%
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— Mallu Rants (@mallurants) January 27, 2019
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Many accused that the BJP now trying to electorally exploit the AIIMS project, with Modi laying the foundation stone just before the forthcoming Lok Sabha election.
PM Modi has faced the wrath of people of Tamil Nadu once before in Chennai, last year.