New Delhi: It was not a very welcoming sight for Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of his visit to Andhra Pradesh, on Sunday, as posters and banners reading “Go Back Modi” came up in the state. Some photos of these posters, shared on social media have gone viral.
The hashtag #GoBackModi was among the top trends on twitter in India on Sunday morning. This comes a day after PM Modi was greeted with black flags in Assam by protesters for his government’s push for the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
In one of the posters that are doing the rounds of social media, Narendra Modi is depicted in a caricature running away from a crowd that is chasing him with slogans like #NoMoreModi and #ModiIsAMistake. Another poster read ‘Modi no Entry’ beside a photo of the PM with his head bowed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a gathering at Etukuru neat Guntur in Andhra Pradesh. He will also inaugurate a number of developmental projects in the state.
He will also be visiting Tamil Nadu after his rally in Guntur, which is part of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) southern campaign where it faces a tall order to increase its footprints in four out of five states.
In Andhra Pradesh, where the BJP fought the 2014 elections in alliance with the TDP, it won two of the four seats it contested, while the TDP won 15. The BJP will be focusing on development as it tries to woo Telugu voters.
The BJP may find it even tougher in Telangana, where it won only one of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in 2014. And in the assembly elections in December 2018, the BJP’s number came down to just one from the five seats it won in the previous election.
Modi’s Tamil Nadu visit will be his second visit to the state since January 27, when he laid the foundation stone for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Madurai amid black flag protests.
The BJP may have a better chance in Tamil Nadu where it is likely to ally with the AIADMK which has weakened since it split after Jayalalithaa’s death. The BJP had won only one of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in the state in 2014. Modi will head for Tiruppur from Guntur and unveil several development projects including a hospital.