Kanyakumari: DMK candidates launched a cheeky Twitter campaign Friday tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a special request. They all wanted him to come and campaign for their opponents in AIADMK. They believe it will help increase their winning margin.
Leaders from Dharamapuri to Tiruvannamalai and Kanchipuram to Krishnagiri West, all tweeted in a coordinated IT cell campaign with an aim to pin the BJP and Modi with the outsider tag.
Ingenious use of sarcasm by DMK. Very Tamil-style நக்கல், or could even pass for வஞ்சப்புகழ்ச்சியணி. pic.twitter.com/mmz5cbOOwb
— Karthik (@beastoftraal) April 2, 2021
The trend first started Wednesday by Karthikeya Sivasenapathy, secretary of DMK’s environment wing, who also spearheaded the Jallikattu protests in 2017.
“Dear prime minister Mr Narendra Modi… pls campaign for Mr S.P. Velumani, local administration minister. I am the dmk candidate against him and it will be very useful for me if you support him. Thank you sir.”
Dear prime minister Mr Narendra Modi … pls campagian for Mr S.P.Velumani, local administration minister. I am the dmk candidate against him and it will be very useful for me if you support him . Thank you sir . @MahuaMoitra @narendramodi @SPVelumanicbe @DMKEnvironWing @arivalay
— Karthikeya Sivasenapathy (@ksivasenapathy) March 31, 2021
Coordinated strategy by DMK IT wing
DMK leaders such as S.M. Raja, the incumbent MLA from Tambaram, E.V. Velu, Ambeth Kumar, A. Maharajan, Anitha Radhakrishnan and Y. Prakash, among others, posted the exact same message on Twitter.
Dear Prime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi.. Please campaign for TKM Chinnayya. I am the DMK candidate aganist him and it will be very useful in widening my winning margin.Thank you sir.@narendramodi @arivalayam @DMKITwing @DMKKanchipuram
— S.R.RAJA (@srrajamla) April 2, 2021
Dear Prime Minister @narendramodi, please campaign in vandavasi. I am the DMK candidate here and it will help me in widening my winning margin. Thank you sir.
— Ambeth Kumar – Vandavasi MLA (@ambethkumarmla) April 2, 2021
Dear Prime Minister @narendramodi, please campaign in Hosur. I am the DMK candidate here and it will help me in widening my winning margin. Thank you sir.
— Y Prakash MLA (@yprakash_mla) April 2, 2021
Dear Prime Minister @narendramodi, please campaign in Thiruvannamalai. I am the DMK candidate here and it will help me in widening my winning margin. Thank you sir.
— E.V. Velu (@evvelu) April 2, 2021
Not just DMK leaders, but Congress candidate from Sriperumbudur, Selvaperunthagai K, also tweeted the same message Friday.
— Selvaperunthagai K (@SPK_TNCC) April 2, 2021
With only four days to go for polling, the DMK IT wing has ramped up its attack on the AIADMK-BJP coalition.
In a full-page newspaper advertisement Thursday, the DMK showed a scenario of what would happen if the AIADMK-BJP came to power.
— Rohini Mohan (@rohini_mohan) April 1, 2021
It portrayed Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami as a “puppet” of Modi, and said the coalition would implement NEET for LKG students, rename Tamil Nadu as ‘Dakshin Pradesh’, and leave no vacancy for Tamils. It also showed an image of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman putting Tamil Nadu on sale, among other scenarios.
(Edited by Debalina Dey)
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