Rahul Gandhi ends ‘exile’ from Twitter, attacks Modi government in first tweet since 6 August; Sambit Patra’s ‘apology’ jibe


Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has ended his exile from the microblogging site Twitter after he posted his first tweet since 6 August by attacking the Centre’s Narendra Modi government on its controversial privatisation policy.

Gandhi tweeted, “National mitrikaran (implementing policies to help businessman friends) project. Road, rail, airport, electricity, gas, petrol, mines, stadium, godowns.”

Gandhi’s attack on the Modi government was in relation to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcement on Rs. 6,00,000 crore ‘National Monetisation Pipeline’ project. Under this project, the government has reportedly identified 13 sectors including airports, railways, roads, shipping, gas pipeline among others for privatisation.

Gandhi had not tweeted since being locked out by Twitter on 6 August for sharing a video of the parents of a nine-year-old Dalit rape and murder victim from Delhi. Under pressure from the BJP government, Twitter had locked accounts of Gandhi along with several other leaders including the official Twitter account of the Congress party. While Twitter had restored their accounts amidst considerable outrage from netizens, Gandhi had chosen to stay away from the microblogging site even as he continued to use Facebook and Instagram to express his feelings.

Gandhi had launched an all-out attack on Twitter warning it of consequences as he said, “By shutting down my twitter they are interfering in our political process. A company is making its business to define our politics and as a politician I don’t like that.

“As Indians we have to ask the question – are we going to allow companies, just because they are beholden to the government of India, to define our politics for us? Is that what it is going to come to? Or are we going to define our politics on our own?

“For the investors, this is a very dangerous thing, because taking sides in the political contest has repercussions.”

Reacting to Gandhi’s latest tweet, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra tweeted claiming that the Congress leader had apologised to Twitter. He wrote, “Rahul apologised to Twitter.”

But many Congress functionaries quickly rejected his claims saying that Twitter had restored all the accounts held by Congress leaders without anyone issuing any apologies to the social media giant.