On Monday, soon after the counting began in Gujarat, twitter was sent into turmoil after it was noticed that unlike what the exit polls predicted, Congress and the BJP were moving neck to neck in the state and at one point it was speculated the we might see a hung assembly in Gujarat.
This resulted in a section of twitter suffering a meltdown over a prospective BJP defeat, and another section prematurely jumping the gun to predict a BJP loss. But BJP supporters soon breathed a sigh of relief after their party pulled through to dominate in about 99 seats in the state, comfortably above the 92 majority mark.
But such a BJP victory might turn out to be slightly embarrassing for these prominent personalities who outright or subtly predicted a BJP loss in the state:
— Sanjay Nirupam (@sanjaynirupam) October 24, 2017
Looks like BJP is losing Gujarat, though narrowly. The exit polls seem to have got it massively wrong. Hope that Cong will be watchful to ensure that the BJP will not steal Victory from defeat by horsetrading as they did in Goa & Manipur
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) December 18, 2017
Scenes from Amit Shah’s Surat rally. BJP losing Gujarat? pic.twitter.com/85J9GP4wG4
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 8, 2016
— Rifat Jawaid (@RifatJawaid) December 13, 2017
Even the Election Commission of i̶n̶d̶i̶a̶ Modi ? cannot prevent the BJP from losing Gujarat.
— Sanjiv Bhatt (IPS) (@sanjivbhatt) December 14, 2017
When the battle was too close to call during the initial counting, some couldn’t stop themselves from passing conclusions:
It’s an earthquake in Gujarat
— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) December 18, 2017
A gigantic thappad has been delivered in Gujarat. Elections 2019 looking interesting suddenly !
— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) December 18, 2017
It’ll be great if after the poll results BJP protests saying EVM was rigged
— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) December 18, 2017
It remains to be seen whether they would now delete these tweets or would they decide to spin their arguments by claiming that these results are a moral victory for the Congress, like some senior Congress leaders are doing.