Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi, on Tuesday, April 28, boarded a train toPunjab. His trip to Punjab is aimed at meeting farmers over the contentious Land Acquisition Bill. He travelled in a general compartment of the Sachkhand Express for the visit, gave an autograph to a girl, interacted with passengers on the train compartment, and became the butt of Twitter troll topic for the day.
“I have been told that the situation is very bad. So I want to see it with my own eyes.”I am going to Punjab. I had also stated in my speech (in Parliament) that those who provide grains to the country, food to the country, from them their land is being snatched. This is wrong and we will counter it,” Gandhi told reporters from his window seat earlier at the New Delhi Railway station from where he boarded the train.
The visit is a strategic move by Gandhi, who, since his return from a 57 day sabbatical, has been leading his party’s charge against the Modi government’s Land Bill. Farmer suicides are on the rise, and contention against the government is increasing amongst the agrarian class.
The Twitterati were expectedly up in arms and trolled him when pictures of him emerged signing an autograph.
A sincere request to RG, Please visit Amethi where farmers are awaiting your arrival before you switch to other places. #RGPunjabVisit— Aniket Mitra (@aniket_mit) April 28, 2015
So shri rahul JI returned frm #Bangkok after 57 days of certificate course in Mehndi art #RGPunjabVisit pic.twitter.com/id6JSfjzCH— anil mattoo (@AnilMatt00) April 28, 2015
I want Rahul Baba to use toilet in 2nd class once….sure he will join @narendramodi #SwachBharatAbhiyan immediately #RGPunjabVisit— SUPARI JOURNALIST (@girishs2) April 28, 2015
Idiot the great is back. Hey any1 ask him bout land bill, he answered women empowering RTI & OPPOSITION MUST B BEHIND #RGPunjabVisit— ANGSUMAN PATRA (@ALONE_nTHE_DARK) April 28, 2015
Why Rahul gandhi was silent when farmers committing suicide during UPa rule in center and Congress rule in states?. #RahulTatkalPolitics— Ramrao Kulkarni (@RamraoKP_) April 29, 2015
#RahulTatkalPolitics is defined as the politics which is directly proportional to Adarsh Liberals and inversely proportional to Indians.— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) April 28, 2015
When was the last time RaGa went to Amethi? Shamelessly politicising issues of which he has no clue of — #RahulTatkalPolitics #ChorCongress— Eternal Optimist!! (@Optimist_Chic) April 28, 2015
Rahul caused lot of inconvenience to regular General Bogie passengers who were forcefully made to vacate Toilet. #RahulTatkalPolitics— Chutkula (@Chutkla) April 28, 2015
While the Indian Govt is tirelessly resucuing Nepal, this moron is busy in his Nautanki. Shame! #RahulTatkalPolitics pic.twitter.com/8pyGP8YSJn— SickularBaba (@SickularBaba) April 28, 2015
Congis have already lined up disgruntled “farmers” to play act with Pappu #RahulTatkalPolitics— Satheeswara Rao N (@satheeswara) April 28, 2015
Tatkal always hurts us, be it railway tickets or be it Rahul’s politics. #RahulTatkalPolitics— VeeYamKay (@Kamath_Vishal) April 29, 2015
Ah, the perils and pit-falls a public figure must face. And the ease with which faceless technology allows us to ridicule just about anyone, leave alone Rahul Gandhi who has been a target of plenty of trolling. Then again, maybe he deserves it. Taking on projects and leaving them half way. Is it wrong to blame people for trolling him? Well, ‘freedom of speech’ is our fundamental right, and we use it how we please.
Feature Image source: Hindustan Times