Shashi Tharoor tweeted about how PM Modi came to power and how his current tactics seem to be the anti-thesis of his personality before becoming the Prime Minister of India
The country is still lingering through the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic with more than 2 Lakhs cases and 4400 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. The central government of India has been under fire since the flare-up in cases in March 2021. This has largely been due to the BJP’s decision of going ahead with election rallies in West Bengal and choosing to let the Kumbh Mela be held like COVID did not exist. The Home Minister Amit Shah addressed an election rally in Bengal the day India reported 3 Lakh cases for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic and 2000+ deaths to go with it. When the situation worsened, Congress called off its election campaigning but the BJP did not. Although this may also largely be because Congress did not have much to lose as the elections were more like BJP v TMC and less about the INC.
Since the unfavorable election results for the BJP in West Bengal and the post poll violence, the Prime Minister and the Home Minister of India have been everything but present on the scene as the country battled through the devastating second wave. This led to anger being built inside the common citizens of the country who in turn started lashing out at the PM and HM on Twitter and other social media websites.
Then it was time for PM Modi’s monthly radio address to the nation, Mann ki Baat. In his address, while the Prime Minister lauded the efforts of the healthcare workers and other COVID warriors, tears could be seen rolling down his cheeks in a viral video. To BJP’s utter surprise, even this was not taken well by the masses as people on social media reacted with Like, Laugh, and Dislike emojis on the video link.
In the latest development on this front, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor launched an attack on the Prime Minister with his tweet;
Shashi Tharoor said that the USP of the BJP while coming into power in 2014 was the strong leadership skills of Narendra Modi but his present self appears to be an anti-thesis to that as the Prime Minister goes on to blame the previous governments for anything that goes wrong in the country. Shashi Tharoor was referring to the largely popular social media meme of “Blame it on Nehru” and Congress.
It is notable that the Prime Minister has not held a single press conference in his 7 years of holding the position and in the solitary press conference that was held just before the 2019 elections, Home Minister Amit Shah answered questions rather than the Prime Minister.