Following the death of BJP MP, veteran actor Vinod Khanna, Gurdaspur, which is in Punjab, recently held a bypoll where Congress won by a margin of 1.93 lakh votes. BJP social media head Amit Malviya took to Twitter to express apparent glee that while the BJP lost, at least it didn’t fare as badly as the Aam Aadmi Party, whose candidate even lost the deposit.
BJP-Akali may have lost the Gurdaspur seat to Congress, which just won the Assembly, but highlight is @ArvindKejriwal’s AAP losing deposit!
— Amit Malviya (@malviyamit) October 16, 2017
This did not go down to well, even with BJP supporters, who are often condescendingly referred to as ‘Bhakts’ and also accused of being paid supporters of the BJP.
Sadly… Ise kahate hai… मै विधवा हो गयी तो चलेगा पर सौतन का पती मरना चाहिये
Not ecpected from you Mr IT Head
— Sadanand Ghodgerikar (@SGhodgerikar) October 16, 2017
BJP IT cell is crap. They are surviving on social media due to unpaid trolls/ RW private citizens. https://t.co/B06HBv6j96
— The Skin Doctor (@thecyberbully13) October 16, 2017
We have lost and lost very badly. I know what people say about the candidate Mr. Salaria. But then who r v to say anything https://t.co/8MjPWXGJBV
— Arvind Dhar (@TheArvindDhar) October 16, 2017
Like MSM, BJP IT cell can’t see beyond Delhi, beyond Kejriwal. Such is the myopia. https://t.co/PE3exHwHZu
— Mahesh Jagga (@MaheshJagga) October 16, 2017
Dear Amit, I hardly ever comment on IT cell, but this is beyond ridiculous. https://t.co/VARfqascJR
— mukul (@MukulAgarwal66) October 16, 2017
I lost my right hand but I am happy that my enemy lost his left leg https://t.co/Y53o2LqJhw
— The Masakadzas (@Nesenag) October 16, 2017
Please resign today. https://t.co/EfE6MGubhR
— Sujoy (@CW_dynastycrook) October 16, 2017
Is this the official stand of party? Loss of AAP more important than win for BJP? https://t.co/xitN7s5PGl
— Raju Das | ৰাজু দাস (@rajudasonline) October 16, 2017
I am sorry Amit ji this is kutark.. the party which used to lead SM space by new ideas and policies is down 2 this sorry it shud change https://t.co/JvDzJXrohg
— Biswajeet Dash (@biswajeetdash) October 16, 2017
Delete your account. https://t.co/134iRZU7Sg
— Arnold’s Soundness (@brakoo) October 16, 2017
Shamelessness. You lost an election in your fortress. Show some humility in defeat. https://t.co/cMwXJsjgh0
— Saffron Mammoth (@SirBullyMammoth) October 16, 2017
As many supporters said, perhaps it is time for the BJP to introspect and set the priorities right. And learn a bit of humility and grace to accept setbacks.