“WHY he got scared earlier? How he became daring again to defame #RSS?”
This tweet appeared on the official Twitter handle of All India Radio Thursday after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi withdrew his plea in the Supreme Court seeking to quash the defamation case filed against him for holding the RSS responsible for Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.
Asking Rahul Gandhi to “stick to comments”, the tweet with the hashtag #RahulRattlesRSS was later deleted on the direction of the director general of news at AIR, Sitanshu Kar. A following tweet on the handle said that it was deleted because it didn’t conform to the editorial standards of the national broadcaster.
Kar said that they were taking stock of the situation before any action can be taken. There is an in-house team of four people in different parts of the country who tweet from AIR’s official Twitter handle.
This is not the first instance where an official handle of a government body has been accused of improper tweets. In July, the Twitter account for Startup India retweeted two such tweets, targetting Pakistan and the media.
The account retracted the retweets later, with Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman blaming them on an external agency hired to tweet for Startup India. “The unauthorised re-tweets were done by one employee of the agency duly hired by Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion through a tendering process. The person assigned by the agency for this particular job is not decided by the department and is the sole prerogative of the agency,” she had said.