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FB resignation buttons or Snapchat next? Twitterati take a dig at Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel’s Facebook resignation

Soon after Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel posted the message of her resignation on Facebook, social media has been buzzing with the way the whole event played out.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 1, 2016 7:59:46 pm
New Delhi: File photo of Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel who has offered to resign to make way for a “fresh face” in Gujarat elections. PTI Photo (PTI8_1_2016_000216B) The best responses to Anandiben Patel’s Facebook resignation came in the form of Twitterati humour.

Indian ministers seem to be taking PM Narendra Modi’s Digital India campaign extremely seriously. On Monday, August 1, Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel took to Facebook to announce her resignation. She claimed to do so as she is soon to turn 75 on November 21, saying the BJP’s state wing needed a fresh face ahead of the Assembly elections next year.

“For the last some time there has been a tradition in the party that those who attain the age of 75, voluntarily retires from the post. I will attain the age of 75 in November…It (the rule of 75) is a good thing and it will give a chance to young leaders to come up,” the state’s first woman chief minister, who succeeded Narendra Modi on May 22, 2014, said in the Facebook post.

Though, for many, the decision hasn’t come as much of a surprise with the Gujarat being in a constant state of upheaval – one protest after another – ever since she took over from Modi.

Soon after Patel posted the message on Facebook, social media has been buzzing with the way the whole event played out. Quite unsurprisingly, members from the political fraternity were soon to point out this strange state of affairs, and where else but on social media! Indian National Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha tweeted out saying: “CM of Gujarat resigns on Facebook. Resignation accepted on Facebook ( with a LIKE, I presume). Bizarre marketing of #DigitalIndia. :-)” He later also tweeted: “A CM posts her political intent to quit on Facebook.Anandiben Patel does not know Modi Ji ‘s or Amit Shah’s phone number? #InternalDemocracy”. While Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal managed to spot an AAP factor here too. He tweeted, saying: “Anandiji kas isteefa Gujarat mein ‘AAP’ ki bhrashtachar ke khilaaf ki ladai ki jeet hai”.

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But the best responses came in the form of Twitterati humour. Check these out.



Well, this is one turn that BJP probably didn’t expect its Digital India campaign to take.

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