FigHt breaks out over gu­jarat’s vikas

The Sunday Guardian - - Covert -

Congress’ anti-BJP catch-line for Gu­jarat, “Vikas gando thayo chhe (De­vel­op­ment has gone crazy)” on so­cial me­dia has made the saf­fron party to sit up and hit back re­cently with over a four-minute video clip on so­cial me­dia with a counter-tagline: “Hun chu vikas, hun chu Gu­jarat (I am de­vel­op­ment, I am Gu­jarat)”.

It is learnt that “Vikas gando thayo chhe” was the cre­ation of a frus­trated 20-year-old civil en­gi­neer­ing Pati­dar stu­dent from Ah­mad­abad, Sa­gar Savalia. The Gu­jarat Congress’ IT cell im­me­di­ately picked it up. Savalia was al­legedly the vic­tim of the po­lice lathi-charge at Hardik Pa­tel’s rally in Ah­mad­abad on 25 Au­gust 2015. He was beaten by the po­lice though he was not a mem­ber of the Pati­dar Ana­mat An­dolan Samiti then.

A day be­fore the sec­ond an­niver­sary of the Pati­dar rally, Savalia posted on his Face­book page a pic­ture of a state trans­port bus rest­ing on its bro­ken axle with its wheels run­ning back­wards, with the tagline: “Vikas gando thayo chhe.” It be­came an in­stant hit.

As it got cir­cu­lated across the coun­try, the BJP’s IT cell coun­tered it with mas­sive force on so­cial me­dia. This re­sulted in the re­cent counter tagline, “Hun chu vikas, hun chu Gu­jarat” in which a youth in a sub­tle way ridicules a press re­porter and his friend in a bar­ber shop as they were run­ning down “Dic­ta­tor Modi”. Ul­ti­mately, the two were im­pressed by his ar­gu­ments about the PM’s great and bold de­ci­sions and many other note­wor­thy so­cial and de­vel­op­ment is­sues. They asked him his name. Smil­ing, he said, “Hun chu vikas, hun chu Gu­jarat.”

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