After Facebook, Didi joins Twitter
Chief minister and Trinamool chief became the latest politician to join the Twitter. Within the first three hours of opening the account, @mamataofficial received more than 2,500 following, her party claimed. On her first day on Twitter, Mamata posted only three tweets, including a photograph wishing a happy new year.kolkata Updated: Jan 02, 2015 11:14 IST
Chief minister and Trinamool chief became the latest politician to join the Twitter. Within the first three hours of opening the account, @mamataofficial received more than 2,500 following, her party claimed.
Tweeps (a user-created conjunction from Twitter and Peeps usually referring to the followers of the person using the word. Part of the various lingo resulting from www.twitter. com) welcomed chief minister minister Mamata Banerjee to the social networking platform, Twitter, with what she seems to dislike most — criticism. Her official Tweeter account @ MamataOfficial has got more than 5000 followers within 24 hours of she joining the site on the new year day but the site is also flooded with sarcastic remarks on Mamata and her regime in Bengal.
While many of these criticisms came from BJP supporters, there also are others who tweeted attacking Mamata over the growth of Islamic terror networks in Bengal, the Saradha chit fund scam and her intolerance to critics.
So long, Trinamool’s main activity on Twitters had been the official twitter handle of the party and the twitter handle of Trinamool’s chief whip in Rajya Sabha, Derek O’Brien. After joining, she has followed these two accounts, besides that of her Lok Sabha MP nephew, Abhishek Banerjee. Her Facebook account has nearly 10 lakh likes.
On her first day on Twitter, Mamata posted only three tweets, including a photograph wishing a happy new year. Her first tweet, at 12.44 am, was: Today is the Foundation Day of AITC. We are 16+ now. My heartiest greetings and best wishes to Maa, Mati, Manush of Bengal.”
“We are committed to work for the development of the people. We look forward to your help and cooperation. Happy New Year to you all,” she tweeted in her next post. She also re-tweeted a post that described her as “one of the greatest daughters of India”.
However, her critics started attacking her right from the beginning.
“Can’t wait for @ MamataOfficial to start calling random troll accounts Maoists on Twitter,” Kabir Taneja tweeted, referring to those many incidents like at Belpahari in West Midnapore, Kamduni in North 24-Parganas or inside the studio of a TV channel when she branded people who asked uncomfortable questions as “Maoists”.
“@MamataOfficial you have betrayed our trust. We voted for u only to be disappointed by your arrogance, appeasement politics, corruption,” tweeted Aparajita Ghosh, @apa_ghosh.
First Published: Jan 02, 2015 11:02 IST