Congress leader takes to Twitter again to criticise Modi government
Rahul Gandhi has once again expressed his dissatisfaction with the Union government’s newly unveiled National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP) through a tweet posted on Thursday.
He also said that he was worried about the rising COVID numbers, and as well as the vaccination rate.
Earlier, he had used the hashtag #IndiaOnSale (Wednesday) and implied that the government was indulging in crony capitalism (Tuesday). These were his first tweets after his account had been locked by Twitter.
Other Opposition politicians have also been criticising the National Monetisation pipeline. Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that the money raised by selling “national assets” would be used against rival parties during elections.
Just weeks ago, Gandhi’s account had been locked because he had posted photos of the family of the nine-year old Dalit girl who was allegedly raped and killed in Delhi Cantt. The social media giant told the Delhi High Court that the tweet had violated its policy.
However, Congress had accused Twitter of bowing down to pressure from the Union government. After this, the official handle of INC had also been locked, along with those of other prominent party leaders like Randeep Singh Surjewala, Ajay Maken, and Sushmita Devi.
This had led to party workers and supporters trending “Main Bhi Rahul” in protest of Twitter locking Gandhi’s account.
The Congress leader has often taken to the platform to critcise the Narendra Modi-led NDA government’s policies and actions. One month after demonetisation, Gandhi had asked Modi to answer questions in Parliament instead of delivering monologues.
Since then, he has repeatedly condemned demonetisation on its anniversary, using innovative hashtags (for example, #SpeakUpAgainstDeMoDisaster) to emphasise his point. Last year, he had also uploaded two videos: one where he explained how Modi’s economic policies had aggravated the COVID-19 crisis, and one where common people are sharing their experiences since demonetisation.
He has also voiced his support for various popular movements through Twitter. The ongoing farmers’ protests have been amplified by him since they started.
His last post before his account got locked also showed him attending a protest location. This is significant, considering most mainstream media outlets have stopped paying attention to the nine-months long protests going on in various parts of the country.
Gandhi’s social media influence can be determined by the fact that he is routinely trolled by the ruling party’s leaders and officials on Twitter. Even Union ministers have not spared him, including former Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.