Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Friday stoked a controversy after posting a tweet that used abusive language against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but later disowned it saying retweets are not endorsements.
Singh, who was trolled on the social media for his tweet, said he was only retweeting a post and “this is not mine”.
“Retweets are never endorsements. This is the basic principle of Twitter,” he said.
“I have said it is not mine. I have disowned it. I have not used those words,” he clarified, adding that “my tweet does not endorse this”.
He added that “my words are that he is the best in the ‘art of fooling’. Is it abusive?”
Asked whether he endorsed what he retweeted, he said, the same had been sent to him by someone and he only retweeted it.
“I have said that this is not mine. But, could not help it.”
“Not mine but couldn’t help posting it. My apologies to the person concerned. He is the best in the “Art of Fooling!”,” he said while posting a picture of Modi with the offensive tweet.
The Bharatiya Janata Party lashed out at the senior Congress leader, saying opposition leaders like him have “degenerated into abusive trolls” after repeated electoral drubbings.
The saffron party sought an apology from the Congress.
“Singh’s crass comments demonstrate the degeneration of a party that prides itself on a great legacy. These comments amount to insulting 130 crore people of India whose mandate is vested in the prime minister,” BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said.
“The Congress will have to publicly apologise for the filthy abuse of its front-ranking leaders who in the wake of repeated electoral drubbings have degenerated into abusive trolls on the social media,” he said.