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Monday, Sep 23, 2019

Rahul Gandhi’s dog tweet irks Assam minister

india Updated: Oct 29, 2017 23:17 IST
Rahul Karmakar
Rahul Karmakar
Hindustan Times, Guwahati
Rahul Gandhi at 112th PHD Chamber's Annual Session & Awards for Excellence 2017 in New Delhi on Thursday.
Rahul Gandhi at 112th PHD Chamber's Annual Session & Awards for Excellence 2017 in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

A ‘tweet treat’ by Congress vice- president Rahul Gandhi’s pet dog Pidi, took the micro-blogging site by storm.

Gandhi took to Twitter on Sunday to introduce Pidi as the driving force behind the sudden surge in his popularity on the site. It was an apparent tongue-in-cheek attempt at countering critics who sought to know who was handling @OfficeOfRG, his official twitter account. 

His video tweet showing Pidi eating a biscuit placed on his nose read: “Ppl been asking who tweets for this guy..I’m coming’s me..Pidi..I’m way (emoji) than him. Look what I can do with a tweet..oops..treat!” 

Some saw the funny side of this tweet.

But Assam health and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma chose to remind Gandhi why he left the Congress to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). 

Sarma had fallen out with former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi and quit the Congress in July 2014. He joined the BJP a year later and helped the party form its first government in Assam with two regional parties. 

The minister was quick to reply to Gandhi’s tweet. He wrote: “Sir @OfficeOfRG, who knows him better than me. Still remember you busy feeding biscuits 2 him while we wanted to discuss urgent Assam’s issues”. 

Sarma had a few weeks ago related this apparent incident during an interview, saying he had felt humiliated when the Congress vice-president “made it clear the pet was more important to him”.

Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju rubbed it in further. He replied to Sarma saying: “Many Congress(I) leaders also have similar stories but @himantabiswa ji had the spunk to point out & walk out”. 

Rijiju, considered the face of BJP in the Northeast during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, had joined the arch-rival Congress in August 2009 but donned saffron again ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

First Published: Oct 29, 2017 23:17 IST