On Holi, Modi 'follows' his rivals

The festival of Holi is considered an occasion when one sets aside rivalries of the past and celebrate in a spirit of fun. Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to do just that on social media platform, Twitter. He followed nearly 150 people from his personal handle @NarendraModi — nearly all of them political rivals — including Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy, party detractor Shatrughan Sinha, and constant baiter AICC general secretary Digivijaya Singh.

More significantly, he followed the photo-parody account @RealHistoryPics that have not held back any punches in poking fun at the expense of the high and mighty in India, including the Prime Minister.

Sources in his team confirmed that nearly 150 accounts were followed by Mr. Modi, “just because of Holi” and the spirit it invokes. Senior Congress leader and fellow Gujarati Ahmad Patel, former minister Shashi Tharoor and Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik are also in the list of names.

Mr. Modi now follows Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had recently termed the Prime Minister a “coward and psyc(h)opath” on Twitter.

Mr. Kejriwal thanked Mr. Modi for his gesture and hoped for "a better Centre-Delhi cooperation."

The micro-blogging site has become a favourite medium of many politicians to put across their political statements, many of which are against Prime Minister Modi. By following all these leaders on Holi, may be the Prime Minister is going by the old Holi dictum – bura na maano, Holi hai (do not mind, it is Holi after all).

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