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Amit Shah’s Vamana Jayanti Campaign gets trolled, tweets Happy Onam

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A day after getting trolled on social media for his ‘Vamana Jayanti’ wishes humbled BJP President Amit Shah wished Malayali people ‘Happy Onam’.

Shah outraged a section of Malayalis on Tuesday by his ‘Vamana Jayanti’ greeting. He put out a Hindi language poster on Facebook and Twitter that shows a Brahmin dwarf placing his foot on the head of Mahabali. The later is the legendary king of Kerala and he saluting the Brahmin is a gesture of submission.

According to mythology, Mahabali, the popular asura king, was betrayed by devaas, who used Vishnu in an avatar of Vamana to expel him from the kingdom. But a wish was granted to Mahabali which allowed him to visit Kerala once a year. This annual return of the king is celebrated as Onam with much fervour by Malayalis.

Vamana Jayanti is celebrated in parts of Madhya Pradesh- which was on September 13 this year.

Recently, Kesari, the Malayalam mouthpiece of RSS, kicked off a controversy by publishing a story challenging that Onam doesn’t mark the homecoming of Mahabali. In fact, it is the celebration of the birth of Vamana.

The outrage of Shah’s tweet was severe as tweeple even called him a moron for using ‘divide and rule’ technique in Kerala. A Twitter hashtag #PoMoneShaji which means ‘Get Lost Amit Shah’ trended on Twitter.

Some of the tweets with #PoMoneShaji are:

And Twitter troll made Mr Shah post a tame Happy Onam greeting.

Hopefully this tweet will put a lid on the row over Kerala’s legendary king.