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Ex-CM joins selfie campaign, gets trolled on Twitter

The Congress veteran had posted pictures of Harela (a hill festival) celebrations from his village Mohanari in the Kumaon region’s Almora district using #SelfieFromMyVillage tag. “Maine mukhyamantri sri @tsrawatbjp ki appeal sweekar kar apne gaon mohanari, almora mein jakar harela mein bhagidari ki hai #SelfieFromMyVillage (I accepted CM TS Rawat’s appeal and celebrated Harela festival at my village),” Rawat wrote on his Twitter handle.

dehradun Updated: Jul 19, 2017 20:37 IST
Neha Pant
Neha Pant
Hindustan Times
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A screengrab of former chief minister Harish Rawat's Twitter post where he shared pictures from his native village through #SelfieFromMyVillage campaign.(HT Photo)

DEHRADUN: Former chief minister Harish Rawat has been trolled on the social media for posting pictures from his village using a Twitter campaign that was launched by his successor Trivendra Singh Rawat.

On May 31, Trivendra Singh had launched the Twitter campaign exhorting the people to visit their villages and share pictures using the hashtag to “help bring out different aspects of Uttarakhand” for the world to see. The Twitter campaign was a brain child of the chief minister who seeks to stop mass exodus from the hills and to promote reverse migration.

The Congress veteran had posted pictures of Harela (a hill festival) celebrations from his village Mohanari in the Kumaon region’s Almora district using #SelfieFromMyVillage tag. “Maine mukhyamantri sri @tsrawatbjp ki appeal sweekar kar apne gaon mohanari, almora mein jakar harela mein bhagidari ki hai #SelfieFromMyVillage (I accepted CM TS Rawat’s appeal and celebrated Harela festival at my village),” Rawat wrote on his Twitter handle.

Though some praised the Congress veteran, Rawat soon found himself being trolled by Twitter users. “Neta hai ya naatakbaaz,” Vipin Kala commented, wondering whether he was a politician or one expert at gimmicks. “Aaj tak kahan the ab gaon ki yaad aa rahi hai aapko (where were you till now, why care for you village now),” wrote another user Bhawnish Bisht, questioning Rawat’s visit to his village only after he was ousted from power.

The Uttarakhand Congress bagged only 11 of the 70 seats in the assembly polls earlier this year. Rawat himself faced a crushing defeat on both the seats he contested the assembly election.

“Gaon mein itna achcha ghar hai toh aap palayan kar Dehradun kyun aa gaye,” posted Gourav Relhan, questioning why Rawat chose to migrate to the plains from his village.

But Rawat’s spokesperson Surendra Kumar asserted that the former chief minister had launched the state-level celebrations of the Harela festival in Uttarakhand and that his motive was to send out a “positive message” through his post. “The only message was that the people should stay connected with their roots, no matter where they live. Moreover, Rawat ji keeps visiting his village...anyway, the people are free to express their opinion and we welcome their comments,” Kumar told Hindustan Times.

Rawat is active on the social media, which he uses to post his comments especially on the BJP government’s functioning and decisions. He had released a self-made list of 110 “mistakes” committed by the BJP government on his social media account and also got into a Twitter spat with finance minister Prakash Pant for presenting “fudged up revenue and growth figures” presented by in the state budget.

The Congress leader recently held Mango and Kaafal parties to promote Uttarakhand’s native produces as well as to draw the BJP government’s attention to the welfare of hill farmers.

First Published: Jul 19, 2017 20:37 IST