The reining in of the Shiv Sena, the sudden surge of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the utter rout of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has spawned a rash of jokes and satire across social media platforms since Thursday.
Even as the results started trickling in and the scenario started emerging, satirists had a field day commenting on the developments. Speculations on possible alliances gained ground and veiled comments on heartaches and heartbreaks began doing the rounds.
The one that attracted much mirth was the one targeted at MNS chief Raj Thackeray. Taking off on Thackeray's campaign song that had appealed to voters for their 'saath', the jokes pointed out that what Raj eventually got was exactly that - 'saat' (seven) seats. He could not complain, could he?
Cartoonists, amateur and professional, had a field day lampooning the situation as it unfolded on Thursday. Referring to the tug of war between Uddhav Thackeray and Devendra Fadnavis, some of the caricatures had both eyeing the chair of power, both unwilling to take the initiative of the inevitable bargain talks.
Pictures of two taken earlier returned with a vengeance on social media - with twisted captions. One of them had Thackeray telling Fadnavis in an aside, "We need to get together for the benefit of the city."
Sarcastic comments that the tiger's roar has been silenced by a sore throat had Mumbaikars giggling into their mobile phones all evening long. One of the best summations of the results came from veteran media person Neeta Kolhatkar who summarised the results thus -
Vada pav - 84 Dhokla - 81 Pasta - 31 Ganna - 09 Khali pav - 07 Bhel - 14