The netizens have since worked themselves into a frenzy over it. A host of jokes emerged on the social media with supporters and critics taking equal opportunity to jump in.
Is this what happens when you’re on POT? pic.twitter.com/fwSATJoQoP— Divya Spandana/Ramya (@divyaspandana) 4 February 2018
One Twitterer said, "Congress' POTshot at NaMo Using the word POT, for his TOP remark, is now on the TOP list of BJP! What kind of political discourse is this?"
One user found her interest back in the rally soon after the Top-Pot shot was played. "I lost interest after he went on and on about his benevolence shown towards Karnataka... but came back when he said POT..or was it TOP? Anyway turns out it was about crunchy munchy vegetables."
However, a few Prime Minister Modi supporters took it sportingly, with one user saying, "When @divyaspandana said the word "POT', it was never to be a jibe or an abuse, actually she meant - "PM ON TOP" and she was stating the fact as our PM is obviously on top of everything...He is the best."
I think I’ll have POT for lunch today.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) 5 February 2018
Another user tried to take a funny turn and said, "May be you know very well what happens when you are on POT as a follower of Rahul Gandhi, so TOP seems to be like POT. After Karnataka 2018 elections every day u can be in POT mode."
Her jibe was criticised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with its IT wing head Amit Malviya saying:
In Karnataka, more than 3,500 farmers have committed suicide under @siddaramaiah’s watch, highest for any state in India but speaking for them is being on ‘POT’... Congress keeps it classy, again... pic.twitter.com/CywRWps9Qq— Amit Malviya (@malviyamit) 4 February 2018
He further tweeted:
Will Rahul Gandhi maintain silence on Divya Spandana’s comment while he sacked Mani Shankar Aiyar just because his jibe came close to Gujarat election and Karnataka is still some months away? Or sacrificing his close aide, responsible for his rise as a leader, takes some courage?
— Amit Malviya (@malviyamit) 4 February 2018
The intense Twitter fight comes in the wake of the Karnataka elections, which will be held in the first quarter of this year.