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Cricketer Ashwin Ravichandran retracts job jibe, but tweeple aren’t convinced

The off-spinner posted a cryptic tweet about '234 job opportunities', which was said to be a veiled attack at Sasikala taking over as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. He subsequently clarified that the tweet has nothing to do with politics.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 6, 2017 6:05:57 pm
ashwin-sasikala-tweet-main_759 The original tweet had gone viral with several thousand retweets within a couple of hours of being posted.

Earlier today, ace Indian cricketer Ashwin Ravichandran had posted a cryptic tweet that had tweeple buzzing with laughter and appreciation of quick wit amid Tamil Nadu’s politically charged environment. Ashwin had tweeted that there will be 234 job opportunities opening up in Tamil Nadu soon. “To all the youngsters in TN, 234 job opportunities to open up shortly” Ashwin tweeted.

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People immediately picked up on the post, associating it with the controversial rise of J Jayalalithaa’s close aide to the post of chief minister-ship and the political turmoil within the state that followed it. However, once the tweet went viral (with thousands of retweets within hours of the post), the off-spinner tweeted a clarification saying the comment had nothing to do with politics. It was apparently concerning a job creation drive Ashwin is part of. “Guys please cool it down, it is a job creation drive.Nothing to do with Politics. #howmuchtwisting”, he tweeted soon after.

He then went on to tweet about a career fair that he is now associated with.

Nevertheless, the ever-sceptical tweeple have questioned whether the cricketer’s tweet was actually as innocuous as he is now claiming it to be. Here are some responses to his clarification:

Ashwin’s tweet may or may not have anything to do with politics, but the sudden resignation of O Panneerselvam from the post of Tamil Nadu CM on account of “personal reasons”, and his proposal that the 62-year-old Chinnamma should take over has created a lot of buzz online, with people pulling no punches when it comes to taking a jibe at Sasikala.

Soon after the announcement of the resignation on Sunday, February 5,  Twitter and other social media platforms was flooded with memes and trolls, and soon #RIPTN and #sasikala started trending on Twitter, with a fair dose of filmi humour.

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After the death of Jayalalithaa last year, the political situation in Tamil Nadu has been in a state of constant flux even though a semblance of orderliness was attempted with Panneerselvam taking charge as CM and Sasikala as party general secretary. The status quo shifted after the former’s announcement, and though Chinnamma was chosen unanimously to head the party in the Assembly, there have been strong voices of dissent.

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First published on: 06-02-2017 at 01:38:42 pm

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