An anchor working for Aaj Tak TV channel has found himself at the centre of a huge backlash after he posted a tweet questioning former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi’s ability to use Twitter. In a seemingly disparaging tweet, Nishant Chaturvedi had implied that the former Bihar chief minister could not even pronounce the word ‘Twitter’ let alone being able to use the social media platform.
His controversial tweet had read, “Oh, Rabri Devi ji can also tweet. Somebody should tell her to at least pronounce the word ‘Twitter’ three times.” Chaturvedi was reacting to Rabri Devi’s tweet, critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In her tweet, the former Bihar chief minister had taken a dig at Modi’s recent interview by Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar. Akshay had become a topic of memes and jokes for asking Modi how he ate mangoes in his so-called non-political interview. Rabri Devi wrote, “Modi ji came to the city of litchi, Muzaffarpur yesterday. People asked him how he ate litchis after asking about the method of eating mangoes. By slicing, sucking or standing over a sink. PM did not reply because those asking weren’t Bollywood actors or actresses. He also could not reply because the question was pre-planned or scripted.”
मोदी कल लीची के शहर मुज़फ़्फ़रपुर आए थे लोगों ने उनके आम खाने के तरीक़े के बाद पूछा कि लीची कैसे खाते है?
काटकर, चूसकर या वाश-बेसिन पर खड़ा होकर? पीएम ने जवाब ही नहीं दिया क्योंकि पूछने वाला कोई हीरो-हिरोइन नहीं था? जवाब नहीं सूझा क्योंकि सवाल पूर्व निर्धारित और नियोजित नहीं था।
— Rabri Devi (@RabriDeviRJD) May 1, 2019
Chaturvedi’s tweet evoked widespread angry reactions on the microblogging site. Reacting to his tweet mocking Rabri Devi, her son Tejashwi Yadav decided to deliver a crash course to Chaturvedi on how to respect a mother. Yadav, who’s currently leading his party’s campaign in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, wrote, “No problem Nishant ji, I don’t know if your mother, who is also a respectable and honourable mother to me, can pronounce the word Twitter even once. But, she will still remain respectable to me. Elevate your standards so that Arun Purie (India Today Group’s chief) can give you a debate show instead of hosting a show of funny videos.”
कोई नहीं निशान्त जी,आपकी माता जी यानि हमारी भी आदरणीय एवं सम्माननीय माता श्री तीन बार नहीं एक बार भी ट्विटर बोलती होंगी या नहीं बोलती होंगी लेकिन फिर भी हमारे लिए उतनी ही सम्माननीय रहेंगी। थोड़ा ऊँचा सोचिए ताकि @aroonpurie जी Funny Videos दिखाने की बजाय आपको कुछ डिबेट शो दे सके । https://t.co/cvpG0Ph6Bg
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) May 2, 2019
Tejashwi followed it up with another, where he tagged Aroon Purie and the senior management of Aaj Tak and asked, ”
In February this year, Chaturvedi had become a butt of jokes after he posted a photo with a Rampuri knife to teach Pakistan a lesson just days after a suicide bomber had killed 45 CRPF soldiers in Pulwama.