Twitter accounts of 500 state leaders blocked

Twitter accounts of 500 state leaders blocked

After blocking the account of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and other central party leaders, Twitter has blocked the handles of Maharashtra and Mumbai Congress, as well as several senior leaders from the state, party officials claimed. 

Besides, the All India Congress Committee, the Maharashtra and Mumbai verified Congress handles, that of Congress Legislative Party leader and Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat, Mumbai Congress President Bhai Jagtap, state party social media head Abhijeet Sapkal, and around 500 other leaders at various level have been blocked on Twitter.

Twitter has blocked accounts of Rahul Gandhi and many Congress leaders for violating their policy. The Congress party has alleged that it was being done on the behest of the government.

"Congress' questions have caused jitters to the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Twitter's actions are biased and taken under pressure from the Centre and the BJP," State Congress President Nana Patole said, slamming the move.

On Friday, Rahul Gandhi too has issued a video statement in which he slammed Twitter and accused the company if taking sides.

Rahul in the video statement said, "By shutting down my Twitter they are interfering in our political process. A company is making its business to define our politics. And as a politician, I don't like that. This is an attack on the democratic structure of the country. This is not an attack on Rahul Gandhi."

Reacting to Twitter's action, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra alleged, "While the BJP government in cahoots with Twitter lock down the voices that cry for justice, let's not forget the real issue. She further goes on to say, "The real issue is the brutal rape and forced cremation of a 9-year-old Dalit girl in the heart of India's national capital. The real issue is the Delhi Police disallowing the lodging of an FIR for 15 hours. @narendramodi why have you not uttered a single word about this heinous crime against an innocent child?"

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