After Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprised his fans by tweeting that he is contemplating to give up his social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi immediately took a dig at Modi. Gandhi, while reacting to the Prime Minister’s tweet, wrote on his official Twitter account: “Give up Hatred, not social media accounts”.
Not just Gandhi, but many Congress leaders reacted to Modi’s tweet. Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala went a step ahead of Gandhi and tweeted: “Respected Modi ji, earnestly wish you would give this advise to the concerted army of trolls, who abuse-intimate-badger-threaten others every second in your name”.
Another senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor tweeted that the abrupt announcement by the PM may have led many to speculate whether this is a prelude towards banning social media in the country. Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti too replied to the Prime Minister’s tweet by appreciating it. He wrote: “The toxicity of this medium is a bane”.
Gandhi’s tweet, however, did not go down well with BJP leader and Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb. He reacted by tweeting: “So that’s the reason Sonia Gandhi does not have social media accounts?” Meanwhile, several BJP leaders and followers of the PM have tweeted that they would also quit social media if the Prime Minister does so.
Vadgam MLA Jignesh Mevani also took a dig at Modi. He commented that the Prime Minister is promoting “Digital India” and is now contemplating to leave social media. He also said the BJP supremo rather than leaving social media should stop following those who are instilling hatred in the society.