If it was not #AAP hashtag that was trending on Twitter, but #AAPCon, there was a reason. The ‘Con’ in AAPCon meant the AAP-Congress alliance, and at the same time “conning” people.

The AAP-Congress ‘alliance’ seems to be getting more brickbats than bouquets. Many AAP supporters spent their time responding to tweets defending the AAP’s decision to form the Government with the help of the Congress.

@rameshsrivats, known more for his humour on Twitter, said on a serious note, “IMO, AAP shouldn’t have formed govt with Congress support. Irresponsibility (sic) could be seen as principled. Untrustworthy is untrustworthy only.”

Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) backed AAP’s move and was supportive of its decision. “AAP is like Google. Simple, scalable and responsive. Somewhat cool too. They are new but can grow big. Do not underestimate them.”

There were others who were upset with the general negative trend in Twitter. @jainrounak said “I like how everyone wants to judge a party without even giving them a chance to perform. Dumb experts everywhere.”

Anupam Kher @AnupamPkher was open in his support for the AAP. “Good luck & Congratulations to @ArvindKejriwal and everybody at AAP. May you overcome all hurdles with grace & honesty).”

Support also came from Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur. “Huge leap from opposing 2 administering. From rhetoric 2 bettering lives. Good luck @ArvindKejriwal Hoping u r true game changer.” He used the hashtag #AAP, not #AAPCon

People like Addie Kumar (@adityeah) felt this was a positive experiment. “I think Kejriwal’s AAP coming to power in Delhi is a serious, much needed experiment in democracy,” he said.

But Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) who is in the Anna camp, wondered, “With acceptance of conditional support of Congress by AAP we may be left wondering every morning whose in d ruling & who is in Opposition?”

BJP’s Prakash Javedkar was obviously not happy. “What an irony, those who spoke of becoming alternative politics have now partnered with the same adulterous politics (#Congress).”

The RSS (@SanghParivarOrg), tweeted, “Two minutes silence for those AAP supporters who wanted anti-Congress regime.”

There were those who made a pun of AAP’s name. Arvind Kejriwal and the AAP supporters were called the ‘mango’ people, a take on the word Aam, which means mango in Hindi. The word mango had also gained popularity because of Robert Vadra’s mention of “mango man” in reference to the anti-corruption movement a few months ago.

Anamika (@NameFieldmt) used the word mango in her tweet and said: “Will be cool of Kejri places something symbolic, like a mango or something, in the CM’s seat and sits on a plain chair and rules Delhi.”

dinakaran.rengachary@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on December 23, 2013)
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