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Following BJP’s protests, outgoing UPA Govt hands over PMO Twitter handle to new dispensation

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Protesting the outgoing Congress-led UPA Government’s refusal to hand over the password of the official handle of the Prime Minister’s office, the BJP had issued a statement deploring the move.

The official Facebook page of the BJP carried the statement that read: “Continuity in governance and all government assets is the hallmark of the Indian constitution. The account @PMOIndia is a national digital asset. It is disgraceful, unethical and illegal in the way the outgoing team handling the @PMOIndia Twitter account has conducted the transition of this national digital asset. We hope better sense prevails and the tweets of outgoing @PMOIndia are archived according to legal procedures and a smooth transition takes place with this national digital asset, the Twitter handle of @PMOIndia which must become available to the new incoming government. @PMOIndia is not a personal asset, it is a National Asset.

For reasons the did not officially explain yesterday, the microblogging account @PMOIndia, with over 1.24 million followers, was renamed to @PMOIndiaArchive. The tweets were archived, and its 1.24 million followers shifted to the new handle.

But today, ending the controversy, the office of outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said that the handle “@PMOIndia” has been handed over to the Narendra Modi Government “along with its existing followers”.

India declined to react on the issue. “We don’t comment on individual accounts,” its spokesperson said.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who is himself an ardent user of the microblogging website, dismissed as a “storm in a tea cup” the BJP’s criticism over the ’s step.

“PMOIndia handle will remain for the new PMO. authorities will give it to them. It is only the earlier tweets of the previous PM and the that have been archived.

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Surajit Dasgupta
Surajit Dasgupta
Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sirf News Surajit Dasgupta has been a science correspondent in The Statesman, senior editor in The Pioneer, special correspondent in Money Life, the first national affairs editor of Swarajya, executive editor of Hindusthan Samachar and desk head of MyNation

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