In an intriguing development on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced that he is "thinking" of giving up his social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube on Sunday. PM Modi made this announcement on his official Twitter account. He added, "Will keep you all posted."
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
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is one of the most followed politicians across social media platforms. He has 53.3 million followers on Twitter while his official Facebook page is liked by more than 44M users. The Prime Minister has 35.2 million followers on Instagram and his YouTube channel has more than 4.5 million subscribers.
BJP Spokesperson Nupur Sharma responded to PM Modi's tweet and wrote, "Not at all Narendra Modi ji - please reconsider!"
BJP National Spokesperson Sambit Patra appearing on Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami's show 'The Debate' said, "I have to restrain myself from commenting on this because until and unless I am briefed, I cannot speak on it. We have the whole day tomorrow, we can talk about it. Panelists and experts on the show can speak but as a responsible National Spokesperson, I cannot."
BJP leader Gaurav Bhatia also took to Twitter to express his views about PM Modi's announcement. He said that if PM Modi's decision "if taken" will be a "very big loss for the social media world and for the common man" He said, "If there is one person who has very effectively used social media for nation building, it is Narendra Modi ji" and added that, "The world admires him for his insightful, visionary messages."
If there is one person who has very effectively used social media for nation building, it's @narendramodi ji. The world admires him for his insightful, visionary messages.— Gaurav Bhatia गौरव भाटिया 🇮🇳 (@gauravbh) March 2, 2020
If taken, this decision will be a very big loss for the social media world & for the common man. https://t.co/TIh4QMAHMp
At the time of filing this story, his tweet was retweeted over 10,000 times on Twitter and was liked by over 30,000 users.