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War of the 'shadow' handles

The party plans to revive these Twitter handles

Business Standard 

After the defeat in 2014, the party’s had decided on a strategy where it started 19 handles to “shadow” some of the important ministries. The handles were to act as watchdogs on the Narendra Modi government’s work. Volunteers were to handle these accounts and post comments and articles in consultation with senior party leaders. 

The effort was a non-starter. Now, with the Modi government facing criticism on several issues, particularly its handling of the economy, the party plans to revive these handles. Predictably, the”'shadow finance ministry” handle, @FinMinIndShadow, has become the most active handle.

Others that have become vibrant are the shadow handles for the human resource development Ministry, agriculture and the external affairs These handles post newspaper reports and analyses critical of the government; the agriculture handle has also started posting farmer protests and related events. 

The volunteers are spread across the country.

First Published: Wed, November 15 2017. 22:37 IST