Congress' hugplomacy jibe: Rahul Gandhi gets bashed for being the complain boy of Twitter
The Congress party on Sunday trolled Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his famous bear hugs with world leaders. This, on a day Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in New Delhi to kickstart his 6-day official visit.
With Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu visiting India, we look forward to more hugs from PM Modi! #Hugplomacy https://twitter.com/INCIndia/status/952469912554946561/video/1 …— Congress (@INCIndia) January 14, 2018
The attempt at humour did not strike the right note since Prime Minister Modi has struck friendships with his style of diplomacy with a personal touch.
This is in rather poor taste especially when the Israeli PM is here https://twitter.com/incindia/status/952469912554946561 …— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) January 14, 2018
The media has been praising this kind of smart alecky remarks from the Congress handle. So they now think nothing is rude when it comes to Modi, esp if they get sniggers/likes.— Reshmi Dasgupta (@ReshmiDG) January 14, 2018
Oh my @INCIndia just who's spearheading your social media strategy! Never post such videos from your handle. If you need to make it viral just let #influencers share it on their timeline. This is basic. #Hugplomacy https://twitter.com/INCIndia/status/952469912554946561 …— Vishakha (@vishakhatalreja) January 14, 2018
The Congress party discovered that millennials on Social Media do not like whining and Rahul Gandhi was getting bashed as the Complain Boy of Twitter, so late last year it changed its tactics. One fine morning, a dose of wit and humour and tweets were going viral, for a good reason.
The party had found the ‘connect’. But as it happens, the party on Sunday took its humour to the next level. Traditionally, India’s governments and Opposition parties have stayed away from bickering over foreign policy and India’s relations with countries of the world. Of late, that convention has fallen by the wayside as bitterness between political rivals has peaked.