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Gadkari flays tweets against Sushma

Sushma Swaraj has been the target of offensive tweets after helping an interfaith couple get passports.  

A day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said online trolls against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj were “wrong”, the Minister got support from Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Speaking on the sidelines of an event organised by the Water Resources Ministry, Mr. Gadkari condemned the abusive tweets.

“It is unfortunate that some people have responded in this way. It’s unforgivable on the part of such people to have targeted Sushmaji,” he told presspersons.

On Monday, Mr. Singh said the abusive tweets directed at Ms. Swaraj were “wrong.” The comments were the first from a senior Cabinet Minister on the issue — a week after Ms. Swaraj first flagged it on Twitter.

Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan also came to the support of Ms. Swaraj. “I strongly condemn the shameful trolling campaign against Smt Shushma SwarajJi. She is a very senior Parliamentarian and We must respect each other,” he tweeted, becoming the third Cabinet minister to speak up for Ms. Swaraj.

The attack on Ms. Swaraj came after the External Affairs Ministry issued passports to an inter-faith couple from Lucknow and transferred a passport officer, who had allegedly humiliated them when examining their documents. As much as 43% of the respondents to a Twitter poll started by Ms. Swaraj asking social media users whether they “approved” of the trolling, answered in the affirmative.

At a conference to commemorate 50 years of the public sector consultancy enterprise, WAPCOS, Mr. Gadkari outlined plans by his Ministry to transfer water from the Narmada in Gujarat to 13 districts of Rajasthan. “There’s excess water flowing off the Narmada into the sea inspite of the Sardar Sarovar dam. Maybe we could divert some of the water to Kandla — a Gujarat port — and then through a 800-km canal direct water to some of Rajasthan’s most parched districts,” he said.

(With inputs from Priscilla Jebaraj)

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