Politicians and their social media controversies
There was a time when renowned and big Indian politicians were way out of reach for the common man. They only got to see them either on TV or when once-in-a-blue-moon, these big shots visited their city. But thanks to social media, now the politicians have opened up and it is easier for a common man to reach out to them. Twitter is one of the most favourite social platform for politicians. Let’s check out who among all are Twitter sensations.
Twitter followers: 6.87 m
One of the most learned politicians of India and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor seems to be active on Twitter ever since the platform has been introduced in India. Many times his tweets have not only gone viral but also created controversies. According to The Hindu, in March 2019 the former Union Minister had visited a fish market in the state capital recently and spoken to the women selling fish there and had also posted some pictures.
“Found a lot of enthusiasm at the fish market, even for a squeamish, vegetarian MP,” Tharoor had later tweeted. As the controversy erupted over the use of the word “squeamish”, Tharoor in his next tweet quoted the meaning of the word from an online English-Malayalam dictionary “For those Malayali leftist politicians who are currently having difficulty understanding my English”!
The BJP and CPI(M) attacked him, saying he had insulted the fishing community by his choice of words.
But no matter how bitter the response could be, Shashi has never stopped himself tweeting whatever he thinks. And that’s what makes him different and a pure Twitter sensation.
Twitter Followers: 3.07m
The handsome former CM of J&K Omar Abdullah has a fan following since starting. His quirky, witty and even controversial tweets create a sensation in the Twitter world. He also gets trolled for his tweets but that doesn’t stop him expressing his views related to any matter. One of the biggest Twitter war happened between Omar Abdullah and Gautam Gambhir in October 2018, when one of the top men of Hizbul Mujahideen, terrorist Mannan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces.
After Gambhir held politicians including Abdullah responsible for Mannan Wani, a scholar from Aligarh Muslim University, taken to terrorism, Omar said the cricketer was poorly informed about the dynamics of radicalization in Kashmir.
Twitter Followers: 1.7 m
One of the most authentic accounts of Twitter, President of INC Mumbai, is very much vocal about what he thinks. He even expresses his views related to the party and lets everyone know about what he thinks. Milind also started using this platform even before others became a part of it. The otherwise calm minister sometimes becomes much of a sensation by tweeting things like the one he did on February 2019. His tweet not only uncovered the dissatisfaction going on in Indian National Congress, Mumbai branch but also how uncomfortable he was feeling. According to NDTV report, he went public with criticism of his party saying he was “disappointed” and hinted at infighting “threatening our base in Mumbai”. His tweets have unlidded friction with Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam in the crosshairs of several leaders.
“I’m disappointed with what is happening – and the party is aware of my stance on fighting the Lok Sabha elections. However, I have full faith in our central leadership and its commitment to our party’s ideology and principles. Especially in Mumbai, where the Congress was born,” Milind tweeted.
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Twitter Followers: 1.42 m
The handsome minister of State Youth Affairs and Sports, an Olympic medalist and ex-Army Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is a favourite among his followers for many reasons. Apart from his quirky and sometimes controversial tweets, he is known to motivate people by tweeting his fitness videos. In June 2018 he threw a fitness challenge to people which became viral in social media. From common people to athletes to film stars, everyone took his challenge seriously and posted their fitness video. This is how the Sports Minister is using his social media to motivate people towards fitness and sports.
Twitter Followers: 14.8 m
We all know that Arvind Kejriwal and controversy are synonyms, since the day he has become the CM of Delhi. Even on social media, despite having a huge number of followers, he has become a headline for his controversial tweets. Recently in March 2019, he faced severe flak on Twitter for sharing a meme. The tweet, posted on March 20, is captioned with ‘Someone sent this’ and shows a photo of a wall where a drawing of a person with a broom is chasing away a swastika symbol. He received sharp reactions from Twitterati as the symbol of Swastik is a representation of Hinduism and broom is the election symbol of Kejriwal’s AAP.
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