After Sam Pitroda's Remarks, BJP's Latest Hashtag

After Sam Pitroda

After Sam Pitroda's Remarks, BJP's Latest Hashtag 

New Delhi: Following the questions raised on the impact of the Balakot air strike by Congress' Sam Pitroda, PM Modi and senior party leaders launched a forceful attack on the Congress today, using the hashtag #JantaMaafNahiKaregi (the public will not forgive).  The hashtag became one of the top trends on Twitter within minutes.

"Opposition insults our forces time and again. I appeal to my fellow Indians- question Opposition leaders on their statements. Tell them- 130 crore Indians will not forgive or forget the Opposition for their antics. India stands firmly with our forces. #JantaMaafNahiKaregi," PM Modi tweeted today.

The President of BJP,  Amit Shah followed, attacking the Congress and Mr Pitroda on Twitter, using the hashtag.

"Difference between Opposition and BJP is clear. They suspect our army, we are proud of our army. Their heart beats for terrorists, ours beats for the Tiranga.This election, through the power of your vote, do a surgical strike on the Congress culture. #JantaMaafNahiKaregi," he tweeted.

The Congress leader, commented on the figure in circulation of "300" terrorists being killed by the Indian Air Force strikes on a terror camp in Balakot on February 26, and said: "Give me more facts and prove it."

He had also questioned whether "blaming every citizen" of Pakistan was the right way to respond to attacks like Pulwama.

"Eight people (26/11 terrorists) come and do something, you don't jump on the entire nation(Pakistan). Naive to assume that just because some people came here and attacked, every citizen of that nation is to be blamed. I don't believe in that way," said Mr Pitroda.

The BJP's #MainBhiChowkidar campaign on social media became a worldwide trend.

On Tuesday, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the #MainBhiChowkidar campaign had been a huge success, with the hashtag being tweeted 20 lakh times and garnering 1,680 crore impressions.

The ruling party and the opposition have been engaged in a pitched battle on social media to gain an upper-hand in the April-May general election, with both sides tweeting blistering attacks at each other over a host of issues. Many political leaders made their debut on Twitter, acknowledging the importance of social media as the most important medium for electoral campaign.

After Sam Pitroda

Meanwhile, the opposition leaders have reacted on the controversy triggered by Mr Pitroda's comment.

"The sacrifices of our Armed Forces should never be questioned. To ask questions of politicians in a democracy is our fundamental right. This government needs to stop pretending to be the Indian Army. Politicians who say they cannot be questioned are dangerous," Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav tweeted.

"INC has unequivocally said-: Pulwama Terror Attack was a grave National Security failure of Modi Govt, Balakot Air Strike was a shining example of valour of our Airforce, Pakistan's terror outfits like JEM, LET & others will never succeed in their evil design," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.