The Shiv Sena criticised BJP in an editorial published in its mouthpiece Saamana on June 7, the editorial said that Twitter has “become a burden” for the Centre which it wants to “throw away”.
Shiv Sena wrote, “Earlier, Twitter was the soul of political struggle or campaign for the BJP or the Modi government…Today, all the media in the country is under control of the Modi government, except mediums like Twitter.”
“In the last few years, a campaign of mud hurling, name-calling is being run on social media. No political party other than BJP knew how to make full use of it. In 2014, the BJP had mastered this task. In the campaign of that time, the BJP army was more active in the cyber world and less on the ground.”
“Under what rules did the objectionable words used for Rahul Gandhi on Twitter and Facebook? What are the adjectives used for a senior leader like Dr Manmohan Singh? From Uddhav Thackeray, who has spent life in politics and social service to politicians like Mamata Banerjee, Sharad Pawar, Priyanka Gandhi, Mulayam Singh Yadav, etc, character assassination campaign was launched against opposition leaders,” questioned Saamana.
The editorial further states that the opposition has now learned how to effectively use Twitter and are taking on the BJP in states like West Bengal and Bihar creating panic within the ranks of the ruling party.
“As long as these attacks were going on in a one-sided manner, the BJP members were happy, but when the opposition launched attacks by deploying equally capable cyber forces, then there was panic in the BJP camp. In West Bengal polls, Trinamool Congress’ Mohua Moitra and Derek O’Brien injured the BJP with the double-edged sword of Twitter. In the Bihar elections, Tejashwi Yadav exposed Modi and Nitish Kumar through Twitter,” the editorial said.
The editorial also pointed out that the Centre government’s mismanagement of the pandemic was exposed to the world through social media platforms.
Twitter and the Centre have been at loggerheads over the new information technology rules. Twitter was sent last notice asking it to comply with the new information technology (IT) rules.