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Andhra Congress workers fry ‘Twitter bird’ to protest Rahul Gandhi’s account suspension

To protest the temporary suspension of Rahul Gandhi's Twitter account, Congress workers in Andhra Pradesh fried a dead quail and couriered it to Twitter office in Mumbai.

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Hyderabad: Congress workers in Andhra Pradesh staged a bizarre protest Monday against Twitter for blocking Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s account — by frying a ‘Twitter bird’.

The Congress workers deep-fried a dead quail and then couriered it to the Twitter office in Mumbai, to protest against the temporary suspension of Gandhi’s account in early August.

In a video of the protest, several Congress workers, including former Member of Parliament G.V. Harsha Kumar’s son G.V. Sri Raj, can be seen cooking the quail.

“We’re frying the Twitter bird on behalf of Congress party. Twitter has done a mistake by blocking Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account and not promoting our tweets,” Sri Raj said in the video.

Speaking to ThePrint, Sri Raj said the idea behind the protest was to indicate that Twitter was a ‘dead bird’ and was acting at the behest of the Indian Government and primarily the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

Gandhi’s Twitter account was temporarily suspended in the first week of August after he tweeted photographs with the family of a nine-year-old Dalit girl who was allegedly raped and murdered in Delhi.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights complained to Twitter and also Delhi Police and said the tweet violated the law related to a victim’s privacy.

His account was restored last week after Gandhi reportedly submitted a formal consent from the victim’s family.

The Congress leader also accused Twitter of interfering in India’s political process.

Also read: BJP accuses Rahul Gandhi of politicising Dalit girl’s rape for ‘petty political interests’

‘Congress leaders losing reach on Twitter’

Meanwhile, 33-year-old Sri Raj, a graduate from the London School of Economics, alleged that Congress leaders’ tweets are not being promoted by the platform as much as the BJP’s tweets are.

He also said that the Congress’ internal social media analysis shows that their party leaders’ tweets are losing their reach on Twitter.

“BJP has strong Whatsapp groups in every state. As soon as our party is posting something – those tweets are being sent to these groups and their supporters are reporting our tweets as spam which is cutting down our reach,” said Sri Raj, who is part of the party’s internal strategy team.

This is not the first time Raj has organised unique protests. To protest against the Pegasus row earlier, Raj had gifted old Nokia mobile phones to senior journalists, lawyers in Andhra Pradesh.

He, along with his father G.V. Harsha Kumar, joined the Congress party in November last year.

Harsha Kumar had left the Congress after Andhra Pradesh’s bifurcation in 2014 and joined former CM Kiran Kumar Reddy’s Jai Samaikyandhra Party. He then moved to Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam before the 2019 polls and then joined the Congress in 2020.

Also read: ‘You aren’t shutting down Rahul Gandhi, but my followers’: Congress leader lashes out at Twitter


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