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‘When a big tree falls…’: Adhir Chowdhury’s tweet gets backlash, and he claims his account was hacked

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‘When a big tree falls…’: Adhir Chowdhury’s tweet gets backlash, and he claims his account was hacked

KOLKATA: Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said on Saturday that he did not send the controversial tweet on former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary and that his account had been hacked.

The controversial tweet was posted on Chowdhury’s official Twitter account at 11:27 a.m. on Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary on Saturday. A statement attributed to Rajiv Gandhi was included in an infographic in the tweet. “When a big tree falls, the ground shakes,” it said.

When anti-Sikh riots erupted following the assassination of his mother, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, in 1984, Rajiv Gandhi reportedly made the statement. Opposition leaders have claimed that the statement was made to justify anti-Sikh riots on several occasions. Almost 3,000 people were killed in the riots across the country.

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“My Twitter account was compromised.” Why should I say things like this? “I’m going to file a police complaint in Kolkata,” Chowdhury told HT.

The tweet was quickly removed and replaced with another with a different infographic.

“Those forces opposed to me are waging a malicious campaign. He later tweeted, “The tweet against my name in the tweeter account has nothing to do with my own observation.”

Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide bomber from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during an election rally in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, on this day in 1991.

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After meeting Sonia Gandhi in the hospital, Rahul Gandhi was interrogated by the ED on day three.

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After meeting Sonia Gandhi in the hospital, Rahul Gandhi was interrogated by the ED on day three.

Rahul Gandhi is set to appear for the third day of questioning before the Enforcement Directorate. The Congress has been fiercely demonstrating in the national capital since Monday. Delhi Police maintained barricading and tight security near the party headquarters at Akbar Road. It is part of its ‘Satyagraha’ protest.

Rahul Gandhi was questioned for nearly eight hours by the probe agency on Tuesday. The case relates to alleged misappropriation of funds by the Gandhis in the party-backed Young Indian’s takeover of the National Herald publisher Associated Journals. P Chidambaram, KC Venugopal have been allegedly mandhandled amid stir.

Rahul Gandhi is set to appear for the third day of questioning before the Enforcement Directorate. The Congress has been fiercely demonstrating in the national capital since Monday. Delhi Police maintained barricading and tight security near the party headquarters at Akbar Road. It is part of its ‘Satyagraha’ protest.

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Rahul Gandhi was questioned for nearly eight hours by the probe agency on Tuesday. The case relates to alleged misappropriation of funds by the Gandhis in the party-backed Young Indian’s takeover of the National Herald publisher Associated Journals, reports India’s Press Trust of India (PTI).

Top Congress leaders – including party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala – were detained for a second straight day on Tuesday. P Chidambaram, KC Venugopal have been allegedly mandhandled amid the stir in the party’s top leadership meeting at its headquarters in New Delhi.

Meanwhile, the Congress has not backed down from criticising the government’s announcements. The party criticised 10 lakh jobs in 1.5 years and a new military recruitment model as ‘maha jumlas’.

“Why did it take you 8 years to realize that giving Govt jobs is a possibility?” asks senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge. “Delivered: the worst ever unemployment crisis,” he writes in a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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