Digvijaya’s post against Modi sparks a row


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Cong. leader says it is only a retweet

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Friday stoked a controversy by posting a tweet that allegedly used abusive language against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, prompting the BJP to demand an apology from his party.

Mr. Singh disowned the post, saying retweets were not endorsements, but trolls did not spare him on social media. “Retweets are never endorsements. This is the basic principle of Twitter,” he said after the controversy erupted. “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.”

BJP charge

BJP spokesman G.V.L. Narasimha Rao lashed out at Mr. Singh, saying Opposition leaders like him had “degenerated into abusive trolls” after repeated electoral drubbings.

Mr. 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,” Mr. Rao said.

“The Congress will have to publicly apologise for the filthy abuse by its front-ranking leaders,” the BJP leader added.

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