As the rupee fell to a record low of 71 against the dollar, critics of the Bharatiya Janata Party took to Twitter to rip apart the government’s policies. Both political rivals and just politically-minded social media users bashed the government on social media for the currency’s poor performance against the dollar over the past months.
Predictably, the first to take to Twitter was the opposition, led by Congress.
— Congress (@INCIndia) August 31, 2018
Modi is silent
BJP is silent
Ministers are silent
His Lackeys are silent
Thug Market Economists are silent
Market Intellectual Editors are silent
People shall NOT be silence NOW!
They shall Speak !
— Rachit Seth (@rachitseth) August 31, 2018
The party’s creative juices were, literally, flowing through Twitter. Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala took to poetry even.
Rupee-All Time High!
But Modiji doesn’t give a Sigh!
Failures are piling on,
People in pain,
Modiji remains silent,all in vain!
Jumlas are all token,
Economy is sinking fast,
Modiji has hit us a body blow!#RupeeAt71
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) August 31, 2018
Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav also criticised the government.
#RupeeAt71. It shows that d economy of our country has been ruined. Notebandhi, GST & other wrong decisions & policies of d Govt in addition to record high prices of petrol & diesel have pained farmers & everyone. Jobs, businesses have gone but only top 10-15 groups have work.
— SHARAD YADAV (@SharadYadavMP) August 31, 2018
However, the government had some supporters as well, who pointed out that all currencies have been faltering as the dollar has strengthened remarkably the past few weeks.
As someone watching international currencies, the *only* story of #RupeeAt71 is the strengthening US dollar, causing all currencies to go down relative to it. Rupee has risen against other currencies.
For comrades making this about @narendramodi, try Venezuela. https://t.co/3DzAtv8Gag
— Sankrant Sanu सानु (@sankrant) August 31, 2018
(More reactions will be added to the story as and when they come)