On April Fool’s Day people often play pranks with their family members, friends but this time around many of them took to social media and held rally on streets to make fun of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal. Netizens took a jibe at Modi for failing to fulfil the promises made by him as the trend #FekuDay was trending yesterday. On the other hand, political parties were unhappy with the people making fun of leaders on the occasion of April Fool’s Day. The BJP defended Modi by saying that the Congress party has been fooling the nation for 68 years.
Gopal Shetty, BJP MP said, “What should I say about NSUI? After independence the Congress party has been fooling people. Narendra Modi will deliver what he has promised and there is no doubt about it. If people have tolerated Congress for so many years why can’t they wait for an additional year? It’s only been 10 months since the BJP has formed the government. Even though NSUI claims that BJP has fooled people according to me the Congress has fooled citizens for 68 years.”
BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said, “Hence forth April 1 will be remembered as NSUI day. It is more appropriate title for them as the organisation has long history of vandalism and hooliganism.”
The National Students Union of India (NSUI) had taken out a rally by carrying the posters of Narendra Modi which mentioned the word feku. Netizens often address Modi as feku for delivering speeches without implementing the promises made by him. He also wanted the nation to follow the Gujarat model of governance to speed up development. NSUI members wished Modi a happy birthday and distributed cakes. They satirically claimed that the government has not fulfilled its promises with respect to the youth.
In Delhi, the Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena had put up posters of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal which contained a message from him wishing citizens ‘Kejriwal Divas’. The Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena is a right-wing organization infamously known for its attack on AAP lawyer Prashant Bhushan. The posters, which were put up on Tuesday night, carry a photo of Kejriwal sitting at the Rajghat. The picture is reportedly of the day when the Delhi Chief Minister was slapped during a rally and had later gone to Rajghat to sit on a protest.
Ever since AAP formed the government in Delhi it has been grabbing headlines for wrong reasons. The infighting prevalent within AAP is badly affecting the party’s image. People had voted for AAP to bring a change in the governance system as they were fed up of rising corruption and poor law and order situation. On the other hand, governance has taken a backseat as AAP leaders are washing their dirty linen in public.
The posters have cropped up at a time when the Kejriwal-led AAP is going through tumultuous times. Recently the party had ousted rebels Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan from the party’s National Executive. The party has also removed Bhushan from the National Disciplinary Committee and Admiral Ramdas as internal Lokpal.