BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday evening took the entire country by surprise when he suddenly made an announcement that “he is thinking of giving up social media from Sunday”. He did not provide any other details and wrote that he will keep all his followers posted. However, the post has created quite a stir. “This Sunday, thinking of giving up my social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube. Will keep you all posted,” PM Modi tweeted.
This Sunday, thinking of giving up my social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube. Will keep you all posted.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 2, 2020
No sooner Modi posted it, than the opposition leaders started posting their reactions. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was one of the first to comment and wrote, “Give up hatred, not social media accounts.”
Give up hatred, not social media accounts. pic.twitter.com/HDymHw2VrB
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 2, 2020
Chief Minister of Tripura, Biplab Deb, however, had a quick response to Rahul’s tweet. “So that’s the reason Sonia Gandhi doesn’t have any Social Media account,” he wrote.
Ex finance minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti took to Twitter to respond to Modi’s post and appreciated the Prime Minister for giving up social media. “The urge to give up SM is to be appreciated. The toxicity of this medium is a bane,” posted Karti.
Actor Ranvir Shorey has advised the Prime Minister to “take a break” from Twitter and come back. “#Twitter has that effect sometimes, Sir. The whataboutery here can be exhausting. Just take a break. It will pass,” he posted.
#Twitter has that effect sometimes, Sir. The whataboutery here can be exhausting. Just take a break. It will pass.
— Ranvir Shorey (@RanvirShorey) March 2, 2020
Modi is one of the most followed global leaders on Twitter with nearly 53 million followers on the platform. On Instagram, he is followed by more than 35 million people and on Facebook, the Indian Prime Minister’s official page is liked more than 44 million people.
Meanwhile, Modi’s tweet has resulted in mixed reviews from the netziens. While some followers are crestfallen by the sudden announcement of the leader to quit social media, there are some who came up with instant memes.
Sir Never……..Do this…You are inspiring millions by the activities you do. A Humble request never do this.Please please…Sir Never do this .
— Varun Puri (@varunpuri1984) March 2, 2020