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AIR Draws Flak for Taunting Rahul Gandhi on Twitter, Deletes Tweet

The tweet revealed the possible political leaning of state-run media employees.

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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. (Photo: Reuters)

A tweet by All India Radio (AIR) targeting Rahul Gandhi for his remarks about RSS people having killed Gandhi – which have landed him in court on defamation charges – sparked a row on Thursday night with Congress dubbing it as “unpardonable” and “shameful”, and asking Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu whether the public broadcaster was being allowed to propagate the saffron agenda.

The tweet read, “Why he got scared earlier. How he became daring to defame #RSS. He should stick to comments #RahulrattlesRSS.”

In a series of tweets, party chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewela reacted sharply to AIR’s action, saying though the comments were later deleted, the broadcaster was caught sponsoring RSS agenda.

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The Twitter handle, followed by 1.22 million people, then tweeted a justification that did not help their case.

The tweet did nothing to state that it was, perhaps, maybe a mistake or that the handle may have been hacked. The tweet was considered to be verification of the political leaning of AIR News’ employees which ironically stated its “editorial standard” in justification.

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The controversial tweet was in reference to Rahul Gandhi’s comment claiming that a worker from RSS had killed Mahatma Gandhi.

That matter was dragged to court by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), but Rahul Gandhi has maintained that he stands by his comment and is willing to trial.

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