Last Sunday, Hyderabad saw the Gujarat chief minister and BJP poll campaign panel, Chief Narendra Modi launching a scathing attack on the Congress led UPA Government before a packed crowd in the city’s Lal Bahadur Shastri stadium.
On Sunday while addressing a capacity crowd of over 50,000, the Gujarat CM who is expected to land his party’s prime ministerial nomination, had asked the people to echo him: “Yes, we can! Yes, we will do!”
The statement ushered by Modi, the chief architect of the BJP’s election campaign for 2014, was made in reference to build a “Congress- free India.”
However, in no time Modi who is often mocked by his opponents for following the footsteps of US President Barack Obama – at least on the digital and social front – was again accused that the slogan “Yes we can” has been lifted from the 2008 presidential campaign of Obama.
The Congress party which was quite busy trending #FekuExpress on Twitter since Sunday morning didn’t miss the opportunity and was quick in responding via tweets. The day surely belonged to the Congress who had displayed its dominance on Twitter by leaving the hashtag #NamoInHyd quite behind.
Now we have a FAKE DESI OBAMA too. FEKU at his best !
— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) August 12, 2013
So apparently it is Obama who was inspired by NaMo’s speech, not the other way round. Should have known! https://t.co/zdZTNivqe3
— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) August 12, 2013
Later in the day “Yes We Can” started trending on Twitter and in the midst of opposition taking a dig on Twitter against Modi, Modi supporters released a proof that the slogan “Yes We Can” was in fact ushered by Modi during the Vibrant Gujarat summit in 2004.
The Facebook page of Modi which has more than 2M fans shared the same video where he can be seen saying “Gujarat can and Gujaratis will.” The post by now has fetched more than 516 shares and the same update on Twitter has got more than 915 retweets.
Sharing an old video from 2004. See it and you will understand how low their Campaign of Calumny can stoop http://t.co/NVMXnf7HCH
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 12, 2013
No one can deny the power of Modi on social media. The prompt reply is expected from a party that has adopted the medium before any other political party in the country.