On March 14, alleged ‘journalist’ Nidhi Razdan was viciously attacked by the trolls from the Congress party over a critical article on Party’s performance in Gujarat. Razdan had written an oped for Gulf News in which she had criticized Congress Party for its poor performance in recent elections and said that the Party needs to reinvent itself.
Razdan quoted Andolanjivi Yogendra Yadav in her article, who had said in 2019 that the Congress Party must die. Notably, Yadav also faced a backlash from the Congress supporters at that time. Razdan pointed out that in Kerala, there is dissent within Congress Party as Senior Party leader PC Chacko quit the Party stating there is no democracy in the Party.
Coming to another poll-bound state of West Bengal, she said that the Congress Party had lost significant ground. In Tamil Nadu, Razdan pointed out that Congress ally DMK is in the driver’s seat. She also pointed out that BJP has also lost its ground, but the criticism was much more diverted towards the Congress party throughout the report.
The primary issue that Congress supporters found with the report was where Razdan claimed that Aam Aadmi Party became the number two party in Gujarat in the recent local body polls, which was factually incorrect. BJP won 6,239 seats, Congress grabbed 1,805, and AAP managed to win only 42 seats, out of which 25 seats were from Surat. AAP came second in Surat, but Nidhi claimed that AAP came second in entire Gujarat, angering the Congress army on social media.
Several trolls (possibly hired recently as social media warriors) supporting the Congress party picked up this particular point and started attacking her. Big names like Gaurav Pandhi was among the leaders who led trolls towards Nidhi’s profile.
Fake News Alert: propagandist @Nidhi openly peddling falsehood saying, “AAP emerged as number two in Gujarat Civic Polls”. This is a BRAZEN LIE. AAP instead lost most seats, barring Surat.— Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) March 14, 2021
Also, she didn’t mention Punjab at all because shows paymaster Kajriwal in bad light. 👇 pic.twitter.com/2mnB8oUFoY
Lol this is been said by a senior journalist of that time.. Who joined Harvard without any background check and was duped..— Atrangi Hai🤸♀️ (@KuchAduriBaat) March 14, 2021
Now she is checking the reality of #Congress
वाह रे तेरे अच्छे दिन#nidhi https://t.co/Rs0outhhbn
जिसको कोई भी उल्लू बना चला जाता है और वो खुद को assistant prof harvard कहती फिरती है वो कांग्रेस को ज्ञान दे रही है आप एजेंट्स के— Power of Truth (@PowerofTruth8) March 14, 2021
दिमाग के दिवालियापन का कुछ नहीं हो सकता AAP (B team of bjp) सूरत की municipality 1या 2 सीट जीत गई उसको बड़ा अचीवमेंट बता रही है
INC dont need advice from People like you… Period— Moin (@Moin28_k) March 14, 2021
You are good for nothing lady. You are a fraud and liar.— #Andolanjivi Bhavika ✋ (@BhavikaKapoor5) March 14, 2021
Piece of shit really.
Harvard queen @Nidhi has gone to enjoy her lunch by turning off her entire comments section in the subsequent tweet!!!— Sridhar Ramaswamy శ్రీధర్ రామస్వామి ✋ (@sridhar1085) March 14, 2021
Quite brave I must admit blocking others from commenting when you face a backlash for your skewed opinion and you expect bouquets!!! https://t.co/Ek3xym2G1e
Rahul Gandhi is boring – alleged Razdan
The report mentioned the story of Rahul Gandhi, if he is going to lead the Party or not, is unending and boring. She mentioned the ‘angry leaders’ of the Congress party, known as G23, who wrote a letter to Sonia Gandhi about the current situation of the Party. The outcome of raising voice against the downfall of the Congress Party resulted in the removal of Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal and others from the star campaigners list, which is another setback for the Party.
After the troll attack, Nidhi claimed that the trolls were attacking her without reading her report.
Without even reading my piece on the Congress, the party’s social media cell has gone full throttle in abusing me, even suggesting I’m an RSS/ BJP agent. ☺️. Enjoy yourselves. I’m off to eat roganjosh and rice for lunch— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) March 14, 2021
Overall, while Nidhi tried to point out the problems Congress Party is currently facing, the party supporters did not like the idea and waged war against her. In the end, Nidhi, who everyone had thought to be a ‘sane’ voice in favour of the opposition, sadly became a propagandist.