Row erupts after PMO twitter handle renamed as PMOIndiaArchives


New Delhi: A row erupted on Tuesday when the office of Manmohan Singh renamed the prime minister’s Twitter handle, and an unknown person acquired the original name, in what the incoming regime called an “uncalled-for parting gift by the PMO”.

Since January 2012, Dr Manmohan Singh has regaled the 1.24 million followers of the prime minister’s official account on Twitter with blurry photographs, links to turgid Press Information Bureau releases, and festive tidings.

In one of the final acts of the outgoing government, the prime minister’s office changed the name of its Twitter account from @PMOIndia to @PMOIndiaArchive and put it in cold storage.

The next prime minister, Narendra Modi, will have to build his own following.

BJP which has returned to power under Narendra Modi is questioning the decision.

The BJP said “Outgoing team PM Office has wrongly renamed Twitter handle of @PMOIndia against laws & accepted global norms of handover of digital assets”.


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