Ramya, the head of Social Media and Digital Communications of AICC, has come under severe attack from the BJP and right-wing sympathisers after mocking Narendra Modi over coining acronym TOP (Tomato, Onion, Potato).
"Is this what happens when you're on POT?," Ramya had tweeted. The slang had multiple meanings and it was understood that she meant the Prime Minister was on drugs while he made the aforementioned comment.
Actor and BJP leader Jaggesh took Twitter to slam Ramya and questioned her eligibility to question Narendra Modi. "Who is she? What is her contribution? She cannot even talk Kannada fluently," he tweeted and termed her "slender loris" (a small, large-eyed, slow-moving nocturnal lemur), a word generally used in Kannada to describe a lazy person or an idiot.
ದೊಡ್ಡವರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತಾಡ ಬೇಕಾದರೆ— ನವರಸನಾಯಕ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ (@Jaggesh2) February 4, 2018
ಮಾತಾಡುವ ಮಂದಿಗೆ ವಯಸ್ಸು ಅನುಭವ ಸಾಧನೆ ಮಾಡಿ ಪಕ್ವವಾದಾಗ ಅಪಭ್ರಂಷ ಇಲ್ಲದೆ ಚರ್ಚೆ ಮಾಡಿದರೆ ಅದನ್ನ ತರ್ಕ ಎಂದು ಒಪ್ಪಿ ವಿಮರ್ಷೆಮಾಡಿ ನಿರ್ಣಯಸುತ್ತಾರೆ ಜನ..
ವಿಶ್ವದ ಬಲಿಷ್ಟರಾಷ್ಠ್ರದ ನಾಯಕರೆ #modi ರವರ ಒಪ್ಪಿಮೆಚ್ಚಿದ್ದಾರೆ..
ಈಕೆ ಯಾರು?ಸಾಧನೆ ಏನು?ನೆಟ್ಟಗೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ಮಾತಾಡಲು ಬರದ ಕಾಡುಪಾಪದಂತೆ ಈಕೆ! https://t.co/VV2TBVNseS
ಸ್ಟಾರ್ ಹೋಟಲಲ್ಲಿ ಕೂತು ಅಪ್ಪನ ದುಡ್ಡಲ್ಲಿ ಪಾರ್ಟಿಕೊಟ್ಟು ಪಾರ್ಟು ಗಿಟ್ಟಿಸಿ!— ನವರಸನಾಯಕ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ (@Jaggesh2) February 4, 2018
ಪ್ರತಿಚಿತ್ರದ ಕ್ಯಾಚ್ಗೆ ಅದೆಸ್ಟಾರ್ ಹೋಟಲ್ ಪಾರ್ಟಿ!
ದೊಡ್ಡವರ ನೆರಳಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಜಕೀಯ ಕ್ಯಾಚ್!
ಆಮೇಲೆ ಮೆಟ್ಲೇರಕ್ಕೆ ಹೆಡ್ಡಾಫೀಸ್ ಕ್ಯಾಚ್ ಹಾಕ್ದೋರ್ಗೆ ಮೋದಿ ಆದರೇನು ಗಾಂದಿಆದರೇನು ಯಾರಿಗೆ ಬೇಕಾದರು ಹಂಗಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ!
ಕಾರಣ ಶ್ರಮವಿಲ್ಲದೆ ಪಲ್ಲಂಗ ಎರ್ದೋರಲ್ಲವೆ! https://t.co/ZtOvvwiVtw
Shilpa Ganesh, the wife of actor Ganesh and Vice President Mahila Morcha-BJP Karnataka, responded to the NDA convener for Kerala, Rajeev Chandrashekhar's comment on Ramya by posting, "We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid....she's really working very hard sir ....[sic]"
Taking a further dig at Ramya, Shilpa Ganesh said that the people who travel abroad following frustration over repeated failures will have better knowledge about "intoxication."
Many on social media sites trolled Ramya over her comment on Narendra Modi.
What did Modi say?
Narendra Modi, during his speech in Bengaluru on Sunday, February 4, said that he has given "TOP" priority to the farmers and explained it, "by TOP, I mean Tomato, Onion, Potato".
"Will Rahul Gandhi maintain silence on Divya Spandana's comment while he sacked Mani Shankar Aiyar just because his jibe came close to Gujarat election and Karnataka is still some months away? Or sacrificing his close aide, responsible for his rise as a leader, takes some courage?" Amit Malviya, the head of the BJP IT wing, had tweeted.