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The country's Twitter crowd loved the irony: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's office needed Twitter to explain his defence in the coal block allocation controversy.

delhi Updated: Aug 28, 2012 00:09 IST
HT Correspondent

The country's Twitter crowd loved the irony: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's office needed Twitter to explain his defence in the coal block allocation controversy.

Last week, the government had ordered some Twitter accounts to be blocked for alleged scare-mongering and threat to national security.

On Monday, the tables turned: @PMOIndia, the Prime Minister's official handle, tweeted aggressively after his statement in Parliament was lost in the din of shouting BJP members.

"I seek the indulgence of the House to make a statement on issues regarding coal block allocations," said Singh through @PMOIndia.

The full text of Singh's 32-point statement and a YouTube video of him speaking to reporters outside Parliament were tweeted too.

The reaction on Twitter was immediate.

"Ironic that #Indian PM tweets his speech after opp prevent him from speaking in parliament. And his govt tried to curb social media," said Sanjoy Majumder, who tweets as @BBCSanjoyM.

"PM Manmohan Singh is trending and now the govt. will block the Twitter trends!" tweeted @madhuchhanda11.

"Now now, at least twitter is reporting PM's speech. So much for blocking social media," said @shammybaweja.

Twitter trend #PMManmohanSingh ran through the day, made popular by people attacking and mocking the Prime Minister.

"When coal was burning, our cute mute PM Manmohan Singh's was doing shayari!" said @12vinita in response to Singh's Urdu couplet to reporters.

Singh, after making his statement in Parliament, told reporters his "silence is better than a thousand answers."

@Ash_k_dube responded by tweeting: "OK, your resignation wud b worth Rs. 1.86 lakh crore."

"Looking at his silence and poise, one can say PM Manmohan Singh is a coal customer--oops cool customer!" said @coolfunnytshirt.

"Rajnikanth once told a small boy to shut up, that guy is now PM Manmohan Singh," said @ABelWINS.

If there was any Twitter relief for Singh's government it was this: #RIPBJP, the hash-tag used by people criticising the BJP for holding up Parliament.