New Delhi: The Indian Youth Congress and the National Students Union of India (NSUI) will protest against Twitter India on Monday (August 9) over the ‘temporary suspension’ of party leader Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account.
The Congress announced on August 7 that party leader Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account has been temporarily suspended, and that he will remain connected through other social media platforms and continue to raise people’s voices.
On Friday, Twitter removed Rahul Gandhi’s tweet, which revealed the identities of the relatives of a rape and murder victim in Delhi. The victim was a minor.
Congress leaders also claimed that it was done under duress from the central government.
According to news agency ANI, the Youth Congress will protest outside the Twitter office in Delhi on Monday, while the Congress’s student wing, the National Students Union of India (NSUI), has announced a demonstration near the Parliament area.
Rahul Gandhi had met with the victim’s family members as well as local residents. He tweeted photos of himself with the girl’s parents, demanding justice for the victim’s family.
The Wayanad MP, who regularly criticises the Centre on Twitter, has been unable to tweet for two days due to technical difficulties.
Congress provided this information late Saturday evening, as well as confirmation that the process of restoring the account is underway.
Party leaders began targeting Twitter and the central government, while Congress workers began the “Main Bhi Rahul” trend.
The Congress has also questioned why no action was taken against Rahul Gandhi for tweeting a picture of the victim’s family, despite the fact that a similar picture was taken by the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and no action was taken.
Also, NSUI Chief Neeraj Kundan stated yesterday that the BJP government’s “threat politics” is at an all-time high, and they are pressuring Twitter to do so.
“We will oppose it in any way we can,” he said.
Srinivas BV, National President of the Indian Youth Congress, stated yesterday, “Twitter India is following the Central Government’s instructions. Twitter can only block Rahul Gandhi’s account, but it cannot silence his fight for the poor and oppressed. Rahul Gandhi will continue to fight for the poor, Dalits, and the country’s people.”
He even stated that when an ex-BJP MP posts an image of the victim’s father and mother, Twitter India takes no action, but when Rahul Gandhi asks for justice for the 9-year-old, it becomes a crime.