‘Durga didi’ to ‘Modi oh Modi’ & Kangana’s hyena jibe, Bengal results give Twitter a field day


File photo of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee | ANI


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New Delhi: While a day of victory and defeat on the counting day of five assembly elections did not completely displace the tragic news of the continuing devastation by the Covid-19 pandemic across the country on Twitter, it did create a buzz that is still ringing in the ears.

Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool Congress’s landslide and comprehensive victory in West Bengal against the BJP’s well-oiled election machine was celebrated by many.

However, the BJP’s usual social media suspects — Amit Malviya, Sambit Patra and Tajinder Singh Bagga — were strangely silent on Twitter.

It was left to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to be gracious in defeat.

Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut said what many people thought of the woman of the moment.

And at least two people recognised the power of Goddess Durga — over ‘Jai Shree Ram’ perhaps?

Actor Richa Chadha hailed the victory with a play on one of the more famous lines of the Trinamool Congress’ campaign: ‘Khela hobe’.

While CM Mamata hasn’t reacted on social media so far, TMC leader Derek O’Brien celebrated the victory with an alphabet soup and warned people of the perils of taunting women.

Meanwhile, the Congress did not comment on its huge losses in Bengal and Assam but Rahul Gandhi did recognise the consolation prize in Tamil Nadu.

Congress MP from Kerala Shashi Tharoor wished Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan “all the best”.

Other Congressmen such as Sanjay Jha and Abhishek Manu Singhvi acknowledged Didi while Karti Chidambaram saw the road ahead leading to Delhi.

Other opposition leaders who gloated over Mamata’s victory, also recognised victories for M.K. Stalin in Tamil Nadu and Vijayan in Kerala. These include Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, National Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar, Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Lalu Prasad Yadav and his son Tejashwi, Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav, People’s Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti and many others.

Behind every successful woman, there is sometimes a man, and in this case, many on Twitter recalled what Mamata’s election advisor Prashant Kishor had prophesied months ago — and how it came to pass.

And what does one say when it all goes wrong?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mocking words ‘Didi, oh Didi’ may come to haunt him now. At least, author Shobhaa De and actor Siddharth think so

And Kangana Ranaut, in her inimitable way, demonised hyenas, the Rohingyas and Bangladesh, all in one tweet.

And, here is what a self-confessed chaiwala thought of another.

At least one Bengali boasted of what many believe to be true, with this saying by 20th century social reformer and politician Gopal Krishna Gokhale.

And let’s end with a tweet that reminds us how most of us will remember Mamata Banerjee in this David vs Goliath encounter.

(Edited by Rachel John)

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