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PM Modi To Quit Social Media On Women’s Day For #SheInspiresUs Campaign

PM Modi To Quit Social Media On Women’s Day For #SheInspiresUs Campaign

Narendra Modi is one of the most political leaders across social media platforms

Modi's plan is to allow "inspiring" women to take over his social media handles

The PM has over 53 Mn followers on Twitter alone

Everything India Prime Minister Narendra Modi says or does becomes a trend on its own. But seems like social media handles will have to take a pause, as Modi looks to take a breather from social media, at least temporarily.

Modi is certainly one of the most popular world leaders around the world when one looks at social media following alone. He has 53 Mn followers on Twitter alone, more than 35 Mn followers on Instagram as well as over 4.5 Mn subscribers on YouTube. To say, he’s one of the biggest brands on social media is an understatement.

In India, Modi’s social media presence has been built as a way to connect with citizens, but it has also formed a band of die-hard Modi followers on social media, which is no less than a cult at times as seen in the latest episode.

Tweeting just before 9 PM on Monday (March 2, 2020), PM Modi expressed plans to “give up” social media on Sunday, March 8, 2020.

PM Modi To Quit Social Media On Sunday, Or Is It Just For Women's Day?

The tweet has not only taken social media by storm but has also managed to upset the very fans that have made Modi one of the most followed personalities on social media.

Arun Yadav, head of the Haryana state IT and social media for BJP, took to Twitter expressing regret. Many others also joined in with similar tweets for the Prime Minister’s plans.

PM Modi To Quit Social Media On Sunday, Or Is It Just For Women's Day?

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi, president of the Indian National Congress which is part of the opposition, tweeted back to Modi in reference to recent violence in the national capital and allegations of involvement of BJP leaders in the riots in Delhi.

PM Modi To Quit Social Media On Sunday, Or Is It Just For Women's Day?

The fact that Modi has planned his “exit” from social media on March 8 has also been picked up on by some personalities on social media. March 8 is International Women’s Day, which has fuelled speculation of this being a teaser for a possible takeover of Modi’s account on Women’s Day.

PM Modi To Quit Social Media On Sunday, Or Is It Just For Women's Day?

“One of my friends who is senior staffer of one of the SM @narendramodi wants to leave told me : it’s possibly a teaser. It could be women’s day gimmick. For a day his accounts on different platforms could be ‘taken over’ by selected women. Btw, he was bit nervous,” Sheela Bhatt of Newsx tweeted.

A few hours later, Modi confirmed Bhatt’s claims by officially announcing a #SheInspiresUs campaign, asking users to recommend inspiring women, who would get the opportunity to handle his social media handles — Twitter, Facebook and Instagram — for a day. 

“Select entries get a chance to take-over @narendramodi’s social media accounts and share their thoughts and ideas with the world!,” PM Modi Tweeted.

In any case, there has been plenty of others as well who have riffed on Modi’s tweet. Healthie cofounder Rajesh Sawhney also joined in: