Twitter was once Soul of BJP Political Struggle, have become burden: Shiv Sena

  • | Monday | 7th June, 2021

Twitter and the Centre have been at loggerheads over the new information technology rules. Twitter was sent “last notice” asking it to comply with the new IT rules, issued as a “gesture of goodwill” on Saturday. 

Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana hit out at the Centre over the ongoing standoff between microblogging site Twitter and the Union government. In its editorial published on Monday the Shiv Sena said Twitter has “become a burden” for the government which they want to “throw away”.

"Earlier, Twitter was the soul of political struggle or campaign for the BJP or the Modi government. Twitter has now become a burden for them and the Modi government has reached the extent of deciding whether to throw this burden away. Today, all the media in the country is under the complete control of the Modi government, except the mediums like Twitter." the editorial stated.

Alleging the social media platform was being used for “mudslinging” and “character assassination” during the 2014 election campaign and that the ruling party was more active online than it was on the ground at that time.

"In the last few years, a campaign of mud hurling, character assassination is being run on social media. No political party other than BJP knew how to make full use of it. In 2014, the BJP had mastered this task. In the campaign of that time, the BJP army was more active in the cyber world and less on the ground.”

The editorial also talks about the government’s mismanagement of the Covid-19 pandemic which was amplified by social media platforms like Twitter, stating that the images of "dead bodies flowing in the Ganges, pyre burning continuously in Varanasi and Gujarat, ambulance queues outside the crematoriums reached the world and the working style of the BJP government was exposed".


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