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Twitter or personal diary? Politicians tweet their hearts out

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 07, 2014
First Published: 13:53 IST(7/3/2014) | Last Updated: 15:29 IST(7/3/2014)

Politicians complain, declare and pick up arguments on Twitter nowadays. Twitter provides them with a platform to clarify their views and update everybody on what's happening with them.

Here are the recent top tweets that made it to the headlines.

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter on Thursday to lay bare differences between her and other BJP leaders, triggered by issues like such as BSR alliance and Venod Sharma’s entry into the party.

Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday led a strong criticism by political parties over the Uttar Pradesh government's move to press sedition charges against 67 Kashmiri students who allegedly celebrated Pakistan's victory over India in an Asia Cup match last week.

Omar Abdullah also spoke to his UP counterpart Akhilesh Yadav after police registered a case of sedition against 67 Kashmiris studying at Meerut's Swami Vivekanand Subharti University (SVSU).

Late Thursday night, the sedition charge against the students was dropped.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal, who was briefly "detained by the Gujarat police" at Radhanpur in north Gujarat on Wednesday, slammed the BJP's prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi calling him "anti-common man and anti-farmers" working only for the benefits of "Adanis and Ambanis."

Clashes broke out between workers of the AAP and the BJP in half-a-dozen towns across the country hours after Kejriwal was briefly detained by police.

A day after the clashes, Kejriwal claimed Manish Sisodia’s car was attacked in a Gujarat town. AAP leaders Ashutosh and Shazia Ilmi were on Thursday questioned by the police and named in an FIR for allegedly instigating violence outside the BJP headquarters. The Gujarat police on Friday stopped Kejriwal from heading to chief minister Narendra Modi’s house in state capital Gandhinagar. Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley slammed Kejriwal's move on Twitter.

However, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh spoke in favour of Kejriwal's probe into Gujarat's development; he pushed the case for his party too in the same tweet.

Singh on Tuesday took potshots at Modi, saying that the BJP's prime ministerial candidate has little sense of geography and general knowledge.

Singh's reaction came after Modi attacked the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh while addressing a rally in Lucknow on Sunday.


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