Twitter mercilessly trolled President Ram Nath Kovind when he extended his greetings to the people of Assam mistakenly on ‘Bohag Bihu’ instead of the harvest festival of ‘Bhogali Bihu’.
‘Bohag Bihu’ is a festival which is celebrated as New Year in the month of April while ‘Bhogali Bihu’ coincides with Makar Sankranti in mid-January.
Twitterati took no time in reacting and soon flooded his official Twitter handle with messages correcting him and with the anti-CAA hashtags. As The Times of India reported, one of the users wrote, “Today is Bhogali Bihu and not Bohag Bihu. You are confused.” “Sir, your negligence has hurt the sentiments of Assamese people”, another user said.
The original tweet in Assamese was posted by President’s handle at 10.20 am on Wednesday but later it was replaced with the correct version at 11.33 am. But by then his post wall exploded with the “AssamRejectsCaa”, “NoCAA” tweets, TOI reported
One user tweeted, “As a tradition, we are celebrating Bihu in Assam this year. We are very upset with this C(A)B, which has now been turned into an Act after your signature on it. We, the Assamese, can’t support and will never accept C(A)A. We have no issue regarding NRC, we just don’t need C(A)A”.
“Mr President, thank you very much for your wishes. But yes, we the entire indigenous people of Assam and the North East, oppose the unconstitutional CAA. And we will oppose this Act till our last breath,” one tweet stated.
Another user expressed his anger by writing, “The CAA is a dangerous step, Sir. Please see the present demography of Tripura and compare it with the past. Tripuri are a minority in their own land. Sir, do make the right decision that the whole nation supports. Not CAA, it is opposed by the citizens of India. We the people of INDIA.”
While others posted the copy of CAA act burning in the holy bonfires lit on the occasion of Bhogali Bihu.
This anti-CAA agitation did not remain limited to the President’s Twitter wall but Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal was also trolled on his post greeting the Assamese people on ‘Bhogali Bihu’.