Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 27 laid the foundation stone for an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. PM Modi also inaugurated super-speciality blocks at medical colleges in Rajaji, Thanjavur and Tirunelveli. The new AIIMS will cost the government Rs 1,264 crore and will become operational in 2022.
It will be a 750-bed hospital which will also focus on post graduate and higher studies. The projects are a part of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana which aims to set up 20 AIIMS, of which six have been established.
According to PM Modi, the government has covered 89,000 beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) in Tamil Nadu, at a cost of about Rs. 200 crore.
However, following PM Modi’s visit to Tamil Nadu, a war of words (or rather, hashtags) between opposition DMK and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ensued on Twitter.
Before his visit, the top two trends on Twitter were #GoBackModi and #TNWelcomesModi. While the BJP supporters launched the hashtags praising the Prime Minister, such as ‘TN Welcomes Modi’ and ‘Madurai Thanks Modi,’ DMK supporters promoted the hashtag ‘Go Back Modi.’
The Tweeps were critical of Centre’s alleged failure in providing help to people affected by the Cyclone Gaja. People also talked about PM Modi’s silence over the violent Sterlite protests in Tuticorin along with implementation of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET.
Take a look at some tweets criticising Modi:
Between Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry and Telangana, 125 seats in all, BJP will be lucky to get 10 seats. It is easy to understand why #GoBackModi is the number 1 trend for hours.
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) January 27, 2019
Please don’t allow Modiji to come in Maharashtra As well.
We want practical leadership…not fekugiri.
Modiji please go back to Gujarat.
— Pramod Kolapkar (@PramodKolapkar) January 27, 2019
— Savukku_Shankar (@savukku) January 27, 2019
As usual BJP calls those that oppose their policies & leaders as “Anti-National forces”, even as their crude attempts to trend a hashtag are exposed.
— Dr P Thiaga Rajan (PTR) (@ptrmadurai) January 27, 2019
— saif azam 🇮🇳 (@__s_a_i_f__) January 27, 2019
— S.T.DHILEEPKUMAR🇨🇮 (@DhileepkumarT) January 27, 2019
— Biswajit singh (@BiswajitEr) January 27, 2019
Go Back Hate politics
Go Back Divisive Politics
Go Back Prachar Politics
Go Back snooping gvt
Go Back incompetent gvt
Go Back Jumla Sarkar
Go Back Corporate Sarkar
Go Back illiterate Man
Go Back Hindi Imposer
Go Back Tourist PM #GoBackModi pic.twitter.com/tZA1URYiTP
— Selvakumar (@3selvakumar) January 27, 2019
— Praveen Kumar (@Praveen5752) January 27, 2019
Take a look at these tweets supporting Modi:
His prediction is always bull’s eye!
— Bharate 🇮🇳 अरुण (@BharteHindurav) January 27, 2019
I hope you remember what you said for 2014 Loksabha Elections.😝😂😂
— PIYUSH (@SinghPiyush_) January 27, 2019
Modi : Infrastructure on war footing.
Congress : So?
We have Sonia jee.
Modi : Electricity & LPG for everybody.
Congress : Ha !
We have Rahul jee.
Modi : Game changing health insurance plan.
Congress :Big deal !
We will bring in Priyanka jee. She looks like her Dadijee.
— India First (@AvinashTyagi6) January 27, 2019
Why do you worry about BJP sir?.
1) TN – Post 1967, Congress is in begging bowls.
2) KN – Not worthy to even talk.
3) KL – Only sign of hope.
4) AP and TL – Congress exists?.
5) PY – Local power won seats.
If you have guts, stand alone in entire South India. Let’s see.
— S.u.7.4 @@ (@Suddi1974) January 27, 2019
Day dreaming is the right of Piddies.
— Vijender Singh Rawat (Jaskoti) (@VijenderSinghR8) January 27, 2019
— Subodh Dharkar🇧🇴 (@SubodhDharkar) January 27, 2019
seat prediction for cong in south.
Karnataka ..2-3 seats
This adds up to 6-7
Is it not funny that cong,itself a baseless party in south, predicting 10seats for BJP #TNWelcomesModi@BJP4TamilNaduhttps://t.co/cSRRM9FLfM
— jspandey (@jspandey_) January 27, 2019
PM @narendramod‘s speech in Tamil .How many leaders have we seen speaking in the local languages, the way he respects every language, religion and region in India. One of the reasons why PM Modi is loved by the masses !#TNThanksModi#MaduraiThanksModi pic.twitter.com/PGvRyR2m6v
— Geetika Swami (@SwamiGeetika) January 27, 2019
— Arun Raj R (@ArunRaj75275879) January 27, 2019
This is not the first time that such trending is getting traction on Twitter, in April 2018, when PM Modi had visited Chennai to attend the Defence Expo, he faced the same kind of online backlash. After Madurai, PM Modi is also visiting Kochi to unveil a plaque to dedicate to the nation an integrated refinery expansion complex of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited.
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