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India PM Twitter account to be 'handed over' to Modi

Published on May 21, 2014 11:30 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's official prime minister Twitter handle will be handed over to premier-elect Narendra Modi, an official statement said on Wednesday, a day after the account was reset, sparking a furious backlash.

A Twitter war erupted when the @PMOIndia handle was archived and its 1.24 million followers "transported" to a new account by the office of outgoing prime minister Manmohan Singh.

Dr Singh's team reset the @PMOIndia account and renamed it @PMOIndiaArchive, angering the incoming Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government which complained that it would have to start from scratch to build up followers.

The BJP called the action "disgraceful, unethical and illegal", adding that the PMO account was a national digital asset and not a personal one.

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