Tejashwi Yadav sacks RJD office-bearer, shows Narendra Modi how it’s done

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Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday sacked a student leader for “abusing and trolling” a journalist on micro-blogging website Twitter, setting an example at a time when most of the leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, maintain an uncanny silence on the issue of their partymen using filthy language on the social media.

Tejashwi Yadav
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One Gautam Adhikari had attacked Rifat Jawaid, editor-in-chief of Janta Ka Reporter, for a report on the RJD chief Lalu Yadav and his meeting Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Adhikari, whose Twitter profile had described him as a local RJD office-bearer in Vaishali, had posted two tweets abusing Rifat’s mother using extreme profanity.

Rifat had shared the abusive tweets and tagged Lalu Yadav’s son and former deputy chief minister of Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav, and his Rajya Sabha MP sister Misa Bharti drawing their attention to the abusive tweets. Within hours of being informed, Tejashwi tweeted informing Rifat how he had sacked Adhikari while also apologising on his behalf.

Tejashwi wrote, “Dear , Thanks for bringing this in my knowledge. I tender sincere apology to you on his behalf. He has been sacked from his post with immediate effect as Block President of Chatra RJD. We don’t promote or encourage such unsocial elements. Again my apologies.”

Tejashwi earned plenty of plaudits for his swift and firm action against the abusive troll within his party. He’s being hailed with many terming it as a breath of fresh air given that Prime Minister Modi has been refusing to take similar actions against abusive trolls, who routinely issue rape threats to women journalists and activists. Modi is known to follow many of these abusive BJP trolls.

Here are few reactions from journalists:

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  1. A few lesson our hon’ble Prime minister could learn from this young Politician on raising the bar of moral ethics considering Modiji has a large number of paid troll army and the vast twitter handle employed by BJP IT Cells.

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