The entire episode of Pulwama Attack and airstrikes in retaliation is being used as political propaganda for the BJP. Besides the return of our braveheart Wing Commander Varthaman and Modi visit to Tamil Nadu on the same day, people have shot back saying so.
On Friday, 1 March, arrangements were made for Wing Commander Abhinandan to reach Delhi airport soon after he reached Wagah Border. The Indian Air Pilot was taken into custody by Pakistan after MIG 21 crashed in Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The social media campaigns on behalf of his return were phenomenal.
At the same time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi at launched various projects in Kanyakumari Rally, Tamil Nadu.
"Everybody is proud IAF Pilot Abhinandan is from Tamil Nadu," Modi quoted at the rally.
His presence in Tamil Nadu though seemed unwelcomed. Going by the hashtag GoBackModi people expressed their anger on not being keen to have him over. The extent of backlash on social media was evident as it became a top trending one on Friday Morning. Besides, #WelcomeBackAbhinandan expecting the return of our Hero got an immense response.
Earlier, the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken a beat in January, when Twitter users mentioned that Modi’s “gimmicks” were unlikely to work in Tamil Nadu and that the BJP remained irrelevant in the state.
The BJP had recently tied up with the AIADMK in the state in the hope of gaining relevance in Tamil Nadu while Modi and his party are trying hard to make inroads into Tamil Nadu politics.
Tweets that generated a strong criticism on Modi:
India demanded the safe return of Abhinandan Varthaman who was captured recently. The IAF Wing Commander was in Pak's custody after his MIG-21 crashed following a technical snag on 27th Feb 2019. He would return as a peace gesture from Pak.
"As a peace gesture, we will release IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman tomorrow," told Imran Khan, Pakistan's Prime Minister in Pak Parliament, before the cabinet members and spoke on releasing the captive IAF Pilot on Friday, 1st March. A team of Air personnel present at the Wagah border were present to take Abhinandan to Amritsar post crossing over and then to Delhi.
There were also reports of Pakistan violating ceasefire in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district 16:15 IST On Friday 1 March 2019.
On Wednesday when Pakistan's fighter jet violated ceasefire along the LOC, Pakistan’s fighter jet F-16 was shot down by surface-to-air-missile, and a pilot went missing after a MIG-21 reportedly crashed outside Indian territory due to a technical snag briefed Ministry of External Affairs, India.
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