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Anger in India after departing PM office resets Twitter account with 1.24m followers

Published on May 20, 2014 10:37 PM
Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi (left), who will be the next prime minister of India, and India's President Pranab Mukherjee meet at India's presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on May 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

NEW DELH (AFP) - A Twitter war erupted in India on Tuesday after the official prime minister handle was archived and its 1.24 million followers "transported" to the new account.

The team of departing premier Manmohan Singh reset the @PMOIndia account and renamed it @PMOIndiaArchive, angering the incoming Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government led by prime minister-designate Narendra Modi.

"The Twitter account @PMOIndia is a national digital asset. It is disgraceful, unethical and illegal the way the outgoing team has handled this account," BJP spokesman Meenakshi Lekhi told reporters in New Delhi.

The BJP said the old PMO account had 1.24 million followers, but they would now have to start from scratch because the account had been archived and followers "transported", instead of being officially handed over.

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