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Tweet-ed it: Modi’s 10 biggest Twitter moments

The victory tweet, also the most retweeted tweet in India, hit a bull’s eye. But that wasn’t all. Take a look at the 10 big Twitter moments of Narendra Modi ever since he took over as PM.

india Updated: Sep 01, 2014 23:51 IST
Osama Salman
Osama Salman
Hindustan Times
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The victory tweet — also the most retweeted tweet in India — hit a bull’s eye. But that wasn’t all. Here’s a look at the 10 big Twitter moments of Narendra Modi ever since he took over as PM.

May 17

“When I see the pitiable condition of Ganga I feel pained but I feel it is Maa Ganga who has decided I have to do something for Her. (sic)”

Barely two days after the BJP’s landslide victory in the Lok Sabha polls, the PM tweeted about his devotion to “Maa Ganga”. Reiterating his pledge to clean it — also one of the key poll promises — he launched a superbody, headed by himself, to ensure that Mission Ganga is fulfilled.

May 25

“Keeping our commitment to 'Minimum Government, Maximum Governance' we have made an unprecedented & positive change in Ministry formation. (sic)”

A day before taking oath Modi made it clear that unlike the UPA government his Cabinet would not have so many ministers. Many of the ministers who took oath on May 26, were given multiple ministries to handle.

May 29

“Took a round of the PMO on reaching South Block this morning (sic)”

A picture tweet, to prove to the electorate that they have voted to power a man who won’t just sit in an air-conditioned office, and is not shy of getting his hands dirty either.

Jun 2

“India gets a new state! We welcome Telangana as our 29th state. Telangana will add strength to our development journey in the coming years. (sic)”

The BJP was clear on its stand on Telangana — it wanted a separate state carved out of Andhra Pradesh. And when the day finally arrived, sure enough there was the congratulatory tweet.

Jun 14

“Time has come to take tough decisions in the interest of the nation. Whatever decisions we take will be solely guided by national interest. (sic)”

With this tweet, the PM made it clear that the dip in the economy and rising security issues would necessitate certain policies and measures, some of which would be difficult to digest at first.

Jul 1

“Welcoming @RashtrapatiBhvn to Twitter! Will be a wonderful medium for the people to connect with the President & his office (sic)”

It would not be a gross exaggeration to say that BJP’s social media strategy won it the Lok Sabha elections. But anyone who thought Modi and his men would dump it after the big win, they were proven wrong. The networking continued. The PM also advised his cabinet to get acquainted with it. And they did, and so did the President of India.

Jul 8

“Amit Bhai started his journey as an ordinary Karyakarta & has repeatedly proven himself through tireless hardwork & determination. (sic)”

Sharing close proximity to Modi can have its reward, as Amit Shah would vouch for. Shah, who was seen as the sole reason for the thumping victory of the BJP (read Modi) in Uttar Pradesh, was handsomely rewarded in the garb of heading the saffron party.

Jul 26

“I have seen people wanting to devote their time & energy to nation building. All they need is an opportunity. 'MyGov' is that opportunity! (sic)”

The power of the people — Modi knows what this means. As part of the citizen-centric governance, the PM initiated an interactive website, aptly named Mygov, for people to discuss ideas and contribute towards how the country’s development. Though it is too soon to judge how useful it is, the initiative can be lauded for its unique approach.

Aug 3

“Our nations are so close yet such a visit took 17 years. This will change & we will strengthen India-Nepal ties. (sic)”

For Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it wasn’t just important to govern internal matters, but also maintain international ties. Modi chose Nepal as his first international destination. The fact that it was the first time an Indian Prime Minister visited the nation in 17 years, made it all the more special.

Aug 28




Ahead of his visit to Japan, Modi caught the attention of social media by tweeting in Japanese. This tweet translates to “The scale of Japanese innovation deserves praise. The two countries (India and Japan) can learn a lot from each other.” He later tweeted, “Friends from Japan asked me to talk to the people of Japan directly in Japanese.” Needless to say, he got a whole lot of goodwill from both the nations.

First Published: Sep 01, 2014 23:26 IST