Guwahati, April 10: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has announced that he will file a defamation case against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over a social media post. Gandhi had posted a tweet on Saturday in which he suggested that the Assam CM had links to Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani.
The tweet contained an image in which letters of the names of several leaders, including Sarma, were used to form the word “Adani.”
Sarma has stated that the tweet is defamatory and that he will take legal action against Gandhi after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Assam on April 14. He has also criticized Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying that he is still waiting for an invitation from Kejriwal to “demystify” how the Delhi government can provide 1.2 million jobs when the sanctioned strength of government staff for the national capital is only around 150,000.
Gandhi’s tweet has led to a war of words between Congress and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Assam. The state is currently gearing up to celebrate Bohag Bihu, and Sarma has said that he will not comment further on the matter until after April 14.
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The Adani Group is one of India’s largest conglomerates, with interests in a wide range of industries, including infrastructure, logistics, and energy. The group has been at the centre of controversy in recent years over allegations of impropriety, including charges of receiving favourable treatment from the government.
Defamation cases have become increasingly common in India in recent years, particularly in politics. Critics argue that such cases are often used as a tool to silence dissent and intimidate journalists and other critics of the government.
In the run-up to the upcoming Assembly elections in several Indian states, including Assam, political tensions are running high. Both the BJP and Congress are looking to secure a victory in the state, which has emerged as a key battleground in the ongoing contest between the two parties.
Overall, the case highlights politicians’ increasing use of social media to attack their opponents and score political points. While social media platforms such as Twitter can be a powerful tool for political communication, they can also be misused to spread false information and sow division. As such, it is essential for politicians to use social media responsibly and to avoid making defamatory statements that could harm the reputation of others.