PM Following Someone On Twitter Is Not Character Certificate, Says Party

Scores of right-wing Twitter users tweeted justifying the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh. Some of them are followed by prominent BJP leaders including PM Narendra Modi.

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PM Following Someone On Twitter Is Not Character Certificate, Says Party

PM Narendra Modi has been criticised for following trolls who have abused killed journalist Gauri Lankesh

New Delhi: 

Highlights

  1. Hate tweets posted by some on Twitter who are followed by BJP leaders
  2. Tweets celebrated or justified murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh
  3. PM does not block or unfollow anyone, says BJP statement
Prime Minister Narendra Modi "has never blocked or unfollowed anyone on Twitter" and his following someone is "not a character certificate", his party said today after accounts followed by Mr Modi posted vicious and abusive messages celebrating or justifying the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party of Arvind Kejriwal said the BJP's explanation is transparent. "While we fight trolls, PM Modi ignites them," said the Congress in a statement.

Since yesterday, a section of social media has outraged over the fact that the PM has not stopped following the people who vilified Ms Lankesh after her murder on Tuesday night. #BlockNarendraModi was a trending topic on Twitter today. The PM's tracking of certain accounts "is not in any way a guarantee of how a person would conduct himself", the BJP's IT cell said in a statement. The party also said that Mr Modi has not unfollowed either Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal despite his abusive comments about the premier or Rahul Gandhi despite his being accused of a corruption scam.
 
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Nikhil Dadhich's tweet, which abused Gauri Lankesh, was later deleted.

Ms Lankesh, a fierce advocate of secularism and a frequent critic of right-wing ideology was killed at her home in Bengaluru. Some of those who attacked her on Twitter after the killing claim close ties to BJP leaders.

Nikhil Dadhich (@nikhildadhich), who is still followed by the PM, used cuss words in reference to her - the post was later deleted. Ashish Mishra (@aashish81us), who was followed by IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, tweeted that Ms Lankesh deserved to die.

The minister last night described the posts as "deplorable" and said "I strongly condemn them." He no longer follows Mr Mishra.

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