PM Modi minutes before 9 pm on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to micro-blogging website Twitter to declare his thoughts about giving up his social media accounts. In a tweet posted at 8:56 pm, PM Modi said, “This Sunday, thinking of giving up my social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube. I will keep you all posted.”
This has led to a war of words between political leaders starting with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who posted a screenshot of the PM’s tweet and wrote, “Give up hatred, not social media accounts”. Soon after, Chief Minister of Tripura, Biplab Deb responded to Rahul Gandhi’s commentary by sending out a tweet saying, “So that’s the reason Sonia Gandhi doesn’t have any Social Media account?”
The official handle of BJP Karnataka also jumped at the bandwagon with a tweet saying, “Dear Rahul Gandhi, India is no longer ruled by Rajiv Feroze Ghandy or Edvige Antonia Albina Maino. It is governed by PM Narendra Modi. Hope you realize this truth.”
Wife of former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Amruta Fadnavis said that she would follow in the path of her leader (PM Modi). “Sometimes it’s the smallest decision that can change our lives forever! I will follow the path of my leader!!,” tweeted Amruta Fadnavis.
“A leader should remain connected to the people and should not leave SM. Anyway, I doubt if he will. But what he could do this Sunday, which happens to be Women’s Day is to stop following those who give rape threats to women,” said National executive member of the Aam Aadmi Party, Preeti Sharma Menon in a tweet on Monday evening.
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav hit out at the prime minister with his tweet saying, “Thinking of closing the path of social dialogue is not a good thing. There are other more meaningful things to leave.”
“Respected Modi ji, Earnestly wish you would give this advise to the concerted army of trolls, who abuse-intimidate-badger-threaten others every second in you name! Sincere Regards, Citizens of India,” said permanent invitee member of the Congress Working Committee, Randeep Singh Surjewala in response to the PM’s tweet.
Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala defended social media by saying, “The PM’s abrupt announcement has led many to worry whether it’s a prelude to banning these services throughout the country too. As Narendra Modi knows well, social media can also be a force for good & for positive & useful messaging. It doesn’t have to be about spreading hate.”