As Prime Minister Narendra Modis special aircraft began its descent into Chennai on Thursday morning, thousands of big black balloons with "GoBackModi" written all over them were released into the sky. The novel way of protest was lapped up by all political parties whose cadre released black balloons in large numbers across Tamil Nadu to register their protest against Modis "indecision" on the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board.
Since the prime minister was air-borne for a major part of his day-long visit to Chennai avoiding the road fearing black flag protests, a fringe group, Tamizhaga Vaazhurimai Katchi, hit up on this idea to "stand out" in the massive crowd. As several vehicles carrying balloons were spotted on the roads, police deployed people to puncture them so that they are not released into the sky. The balloon with the hashtag #GoBackModi trended at number 1 worldwide on Twitter.
At the end of Thursday, more than five lakh tweets had the mention of the hashtag on the micro-blogging site. The tweets that were mostly critical of the Prime Minister, received tremendous response from social media users across the world. Social media wings of the Opposition DMK and other individuals who have huge followers, helped trend the hashtag by promoting and re-tweeting the tweets on #GoBackModi.
Black was the colour that dotted the blue skies of Chennai on Thursday wi...