Modi government 100 days in office: With shadow handles, Congress joins tweet bout

Subject experts have been roped in to track each ministry or sector and give critical inputs.

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Published:September 1, 2014 2:23 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. (Source: PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. (Source: PTI)

With the Narendra Modi government on its 100-day celebration drive, the Congress has chalked out a counter blitz. And the first step is scaling up its presence on social media, with shadow Twitter handles of ministries.

Subject experts have been roped in to track each ministry or sector and give critical inputs, which will form the basis of posts by these handles. For instance, a shadow Twitter handle of the Human Resource Development Ministry (HRDMinistry_Shadow) has begun attacking the ministry for “forcing schools and students” to watch Modi’s address on Teacher’s Day.

“This handle will keep a watch on the work of the HRD Ministry and engage in constructive criticism of the ministry’s policies and decisions,” the first post by the handle read.

Shadow Twitter handles of the Ministries of Commerce and Industry, Home, Power, Railways, Women and Child Development, Youth Affairs and Sports have also been started.

“We will expose the government,” Congress general secretary Ajay Maken said.

A booklet detailing the “missteps” of the NDA government is also in the works. Sources said a team led by Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Gowda has prepared a “base paper”, which will form the basis for the booklet.

Simultaneously, the party has decided to send senior leaders to state capitals to highlight the government’s shortcomings. A series of media interactions are planned both in Delhi and states. The party is keen that Rahul Gandhi address one of those interactions.

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    manohar sharma
    Sep 2, 2014 at 3:02 am
    Till now congress has proved that it is neither good in governance nor in opposition .Twitter is a good move if only it talks of constructive ideas otherwise they will invite more ridicule
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      Dr. Ravinder
      Sep 1, 2014 at 4:05 am
      Congress is digging its own grave further by negative propaa. It is time that Congress party does some thing positive. May be Rahul Sonia and family can use their billions from scandals for planting trees, cleaning streets, providing toilets for the needy etc.
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        Anil
        Sep 1, 2014 at 7:34 am
        At last it looks like we have a government which shows a sense of urgency and some energy! As for the Congress and the ridiculous AJAY MAKEN the lesser they open their mouths the better it is for them. There is a saying that if you find yourself in a , stop digging. All criticism is merely academic, they should have shown the same zeal when governing. Then it was only about invoking the dynastic 'gods' and lining up their pockets.
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          Anuj Shaha
          Sep 1, 2014 at 1:37 pm
          Awesome initiative by Congress. Unlike previous NDA which only used to make disruptions, it is nice to see congress doing responsible opposition.
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            debasisha mohapatra
            Sep 1, 2014 at 3:54 am
            Good for the country on twitter. Congress should gracefully accept the revelations which would be made its one time loyalists and should not blame them for waking up late.
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              Krish
              Aug 31, 2014 at 11:55 pm
              Scamgress always adopts a negative approach for anything and everything How can they be such shameless and without any self respect?
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                Indian
                Sep 1, 2014 at 6:53 am
                But with people voting on Caste lines again, I dread a situation of seeing them in 2018. That would be a nightmare for all of the country.
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                  Mean Drake
                  Sep 1, 2014 at 6:29 am
                  As long as their criticism is constructive and not a ridiculous opposition like the sound bytes by Manish Tiwari opposing every govt. move blindly.
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