The PM’s reaction came a day after he took a jibe at the opposition over its ‘frustration’.
A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the opposition to “leave the habit of negativity”, he made similar comments on X while reacting to India Today senior executive editor Shiv Aroor’s social media post.
Aroor had posted a clip from his own show with a caption “Meltdown-e-Azam” to slam a “laundry list of excuses” following the BJP’s poll victory in the Hindi heartland.
But the use of emojis in PM Modi’s post left many wondering whether it was a parody account or someone had hacked into it. Some even urged BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya to use his own account.
“May they be happy with their arrogance, lies, pessimism and ignorance. But..⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️Beware of their divisive agenda. An old habit of 70 years can’t go away so easily. ⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️ Also, such is the wisdom of the people that they have to be prepared for many more meltdowns ahead. 😀😀😀😀😀”
Modi’s reaction and Aroor’s post revolved around the same theme as stressed by the PM in Parliament on Monday – about “frustration” following the BJP’s electoral success.
On Monday, PM Modi had asked the opposition not to vent its frustration over the assembly polls defeat in Parliament and move forward. "The country has rejected negativity. We always have dialogue with opposition friends at the start of the session, we always seek cooperation from everyone. This time also all such processes have been completed," he said. “If I speak on the basis of the assembly poll results, this is a golden opportunity for friends in opposition. Instead of making plans for venting frustration over defeat, they should learn from this defeat, leaving behind the habit of negativity of the last nine years. If they move forward with positivity this session, the country will change its perspective towards them. A new door could open for them.”
Meanwhile, Aroor on his show, as well as in his social media post, pointed to a “meltdown” following the BJP’s victory. “Viewer, these are just some of the excuses being made for the election results in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. An entire ecosystem of commentators and analysts throwing voters under the bus, labelling them as illiterate, gawars, mindless thugs who have got nothing better to do than to reject anti-BJP forces… the amazing laundry list of excuses for the election results today,” he said, in the broadcast with tickers such as “defeated? Let’s abuse cowbelt” and “laundry list of excuses”.
Taking a dig at analysts who pointed to the role of Hindutva in the BJP’s poll victory, he said, “Voters in the Hindi heartland have low literacy. Voters in the Hindi heartland have higher fertility. Voters in the Hindi heartland prefer Hindutva. Voters in the Hindi heartland have rewarded big business. Voters have appeased fascism. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has defeated Modi. BJP has done manipulation in the heartland. Kamal Nath has defeated Rahul Gandhi. Bhupesh Baghel has betrayed the Gandhis. Cow belt always drags India down. Hindi heartland is full of communal bigots. For a majority of Indians, only religion matters. Congress social media department has failed. Congress soft Hindutva has failed. Anti-Muslim bigotry has won across the country. Hindutva trumps social and economic issues. Hindi heartland always votes on gaumutra and gobar. Gautam Adani has won in Chhattisgarh.”
The jibe continued with Aroor saying that “south India is more aware than north India…people go to south for jobs and then vote the BJP to power in the north…And finally being defeated is no big deal because vote share figures have largely held firm.”
Newslaundry earlier reported on how newspaper editorials also pointed to the role of Hindutva in the BJP’s victory, besides several other factors such as Modi’s appeal and the Congress’s campaign.