With 891,980 followers, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's page on the social networking site Twitter is not less than any political power house.
Apart from his blog (www.narendramodi.in), Twitter is Modi's most preferred choice for communicating his views.
From targeting his political rivals to motivating people through Vivekananda quotes, the BJP's arguably most iconic leader has always managed to lap up attention. Recently, he joined a protest against the Centre's move to block certain 'hate' pages and Twitter accounts by turning on his display picture to 'black', while terming the action as a "crackdown on freedom of speech". "As a common man, I join the protest against crackdown on freedom of speech! Changed my DP. 'Sabko Samnati De Bhagwan' (May God give wisdom to all)," he posted on #GOIBlocks
But on Thursday, Modi was under fire on the social networking site for attributing the high rate of malnutrition Gujarat to "beauty conscious" young girls watching their weight.
"Gujarat is …a middle-class state. The middle-class is more beauty conscious than health conscious - that is a challenge. If a mother tells her daughter to have milk, they have a fight. She'll tell her mother, 'I won't drink milk. I'll get fat'," he said in an interview to the Wall Street Journal.
— Sushobhan Gupta (@sobhon1973) August 30, 2012
@sujataanandan From Vibrant GujaratModi should now focus on Size Zero Gujarat.
— Sunil Rajguru (@sunilrajguru) August 30, 2012
#Modi made a really stupid statement on malnutrition. Score: Modi: 1. Congress Spokespersons: 10,786.
Name one Economic Reform that— SonaliRanade (@sonaliranade) August 29, 2012
#Modi has championed as CM of Gujarat.Just one.