In the months leading up to the Bihar elections, bitter battles of perception were being fought in the online space between the supporters of various stakeholders. Just as the BJP trolls were out to screenshot, ridicule and discredit unfavourable opinion, their adversaries were hitting back with equal energy through commentary on Twitter.
Terms such as 'bhakts', 'Hindu trolls', 'adarsh liberals' and 'pseudoseculars' were being thrown around, some even appropriated by politicians to subdue and defame the opposition. It was a close call from the very beginning in one of the electorally most crucial states in India between the NDA and the grand alliance of RJD, JD(U) and LJP. So naturally, there was a lot of anticipation regarding judgement day, today.
But as the trends started to come in, it was clear that the alliance has won. Soon, the bloodbath started on Twitter. The jokes were spreading like wildfire. Some were definitely cruel, while some users were just out there to have a good laugh.
Here are a few.
Ouch. Definitely below the belt.
BJP hasn't lost hope, Anupam Kher to lead march against Bihar results— Hartosh Singh Bal (@HartoshSinghBal) November 8, 2015
The very popular before/after memes.
Pic 1: Before Bihar Elections
Pic 2: After Bihar Elections pic.twitter.com/622WR4Va2S— Ankur Singh (@iAnkurSingh) November 8, 2015
Here's another one.
1 - Exit Poll prediction for BJP
2 - Actual ResultNovember 8, 2015
Pic 1 : BJP election issue
Pic 2 : BJP election result pic.twitter.com/Rl3mg1VT5Y— $ir $ri $ri Magal (@jhunjhunwala) November 8, 2015
And no one's going to let Amit Shah forget this.
If we win elections, it's the people's mandate. If we lose, people in Pakistan will celebrate !
After: pic.twitter.com/PAN080LUqL— José Covaco (@HoeZaay) November 8, 2015
Yes, this tweeter went there.
BJP needs to improve things big time and first they should send Fadanvis's son to erase 'Gaddar' from Mannat's wall 😂😂— Rofl Gandhi (@RoflGandhi_) November 8, 2015
And it's not just the BJP that were being trolled.
Today's Chanakya team before deciding on Bihar exit poll numbers pic.twitter.com/Zpxlp4KQX8— मेहरान MUFC (@mehranzaidi) November 8, 2015
The former CM of Jammu and Kashmir joined in.
Sorry, it's all the smoke from the crackers in neighbouring Pakistan ;) https://t.co/05PcqpTL4m— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) November 8, 2015
You heard that one about the deleted Axis poll?
So I hope the ever-reliant owners of CNN-IBN are filled with regret about killing the one exit poll which got the result right...— Siddharth (@svaradarajan) November 8, 2015
Meanwhile from BJP Twitter (screenshot added) pic.twitter.com/OSAG2Q9kLA— Mihir Sharma (@mihirssharma) November 8, 2015
Word is they ordered a 100 kgs.
Urgent meeting called by Amit shah to decide where to sell sweets & crackers #NitishDefeatsModi— jäÿësh (@jayeshluv) November 8, 2015
Did someone mention the Congress?
When you hear Congress is winning 20+ seats in BiharNovember 8, 2015
And what's a tweet round-up without a Ramesh Srivats tweet?
"Happy Birthday Advani ji."
"Thank you beta. Wow, 88 candles. What should I do with them?"
"What we did in Bihar election."
"Oh. Blow it."— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) November 8, 2015
Amit Shah: Watching NDTV. Feeling happy.
Nitish Kumar: Watching CNN-IBN. Feeling happy.
Rahul Gandhi: Watching Comedy Central. Feeling happy— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) November 8, 2015
You can't win them all, BJP. You can't win them all.