In yet another embarrassment, PM Narendra Modi’s ministry has been caught using the official machinery to carry out the ruling party BJP’s dirty political agenda.
The BJP and its arch rival AAP have been embroiled in heated exchange over army’s claims of carrying out surgical strikes across the LoC.
On Wednesday, the official Twitter handle of Indian postal service joined the exchange when it posted a political tweet targetting Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal.
The tweet, now deleted, said, “You’ve failed us big time Mr Kejriwal, for you petty political gains you can become headlines for Pakistani press.”
(UPDATE: Soon after jantakareporter.com carried this report, the telecommunications ministry was forced to react. According to the tweet posted from its Twitter handle, the postal service said that its account had been hacked. The message also tagged the both Ravi Shankar Prasad and his deputy Manoj Sinha in telecommunications ministry.
The tweet read, “Account hacked & some negative message @ArvindKejriwal has been posted. We sincerely apologies for inconvenience @manojsinhabjp @rsprasad.”)
Supporters of hardcore Hindutva ideology using the official government social media handles under Modi government is not new.
Not so long ago, Modi’s railway ministry had used its official Twitter handle to endorse a political tweet against Kejriwal after he criticised the flexi pricing of rail fares announced by the railway minister Suresh Prabhu.
Not so long ago in July, jantakareporter.com had reported how Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet initiative Start Up India had shared two hateful messages tweeted by right-wing trolls.
Both hateful messages were shared by the official Twitter handle of Start Up India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has long been criticised for allegedly encouraging the nasty right-wing Twitter trolls by even following some of them on the microblogging site.
But the incessant criticism has not deterred him from unfollowing them thereby prompting many to conclude that the trolls, often notorious for hurling abuses at female social media users and journalists critical of the central government’s policies, enjoyed tacit approval of the prime minister.
The latest development highlights a dangerous trend of bhakts (known Modi supporters) managing key government social media pages and using them to incite hatred and extract political mileage.
The official Twitter handle of Indian postal service launching tirade against the BJP’s political rival has caught the attention of social media users.
The dominating theme of the conversation so far has been of condemnation with many users expressing concern over the recruitment of RSS supporters to manage sensitive social media pages.
Here are some reactions:
Enoch Rufus: In India Post – There are stamps and then there is spit. GoI gave the later more importance during appointment.
Hemant Guru: Seems like some dalal is minting money handling Government twitter accounts. PsychoBhakts any comments? please share your dumb logic’s we would like to ROFLOL
Anis Shikalgar: Desperation of showing people that they are really a good government, though all they did was Photoshop & video editing.
Dushyant Rastogi: A very dangerous precedent being set in the country.
Ashraf Ali Syed: What the ****. Misuse of official accounts