New Delhi: Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his decision to quit the social media platforms, former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ wife Amruta on Monday said she would follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also Read - ‘Give up Hatred, Not Social Media Accounts,’ Rahul Gandhi Urges PM Modi
“Sometimes it’s the smallest decision that can change our life forever! I will follow the path of my leader!!” Amruta said in a tweet. Also Read - 'Thinking of Giving up Social Media Accounts,' PM Modi's Tweet Leaves Country Stumped
On the other hand, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Preeti Sharma Menon expressed doubt whether the PM will leave social media.
“A leader should remain connected to the people and should not leave social media, anyway I doubt he will. But what he could do this Sunday, which happens to be women’s day is to stop following those who give rape threats to women,” Preeti Sharma said.
PM Modi on Monday caused a flutter by tweeting: “This Sunday, thinking of giving up my social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube. Will keep you all posted”.
Within minutes of his post, hashtag #NoSir started trending and many social media users urged the PM not to give up his social media accounts.
In one hour of the post, the tweet had been retweeted over 26,000 times, with comments of people pouring in almost every second. Many netizens urged him not to quit social media.
“People Around The World Love You So Much Modi Ji. You May Take A Short Break From Social Media If You Want But, #NoSir We Requesting You Musn’t Leave Social Media (sic),” a user tweeted.
“Am Narendra Modi fan. If Modi ji quits – I am off as well,” said another user on Twitter.
Some netizens even offered explanations over why the prime minister was contemplating giving up his accounts.
“No sir.. We know that you are upset with the misuse of social media but we need you,” a Twitter user said.
Being one of the most-followed world leaders on social media, PM Modi has 53.3 million followers on Twitter, 44 million on Facebook and 35.2 million on Instagram. PM Modi in September last year was the third most-followed world leader on the microblogging site, behind only US President Donald Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama.