The Congress is contesting Bihar Assembly election in alliance with the RJD and the Left parties.
Rahul Gandhi pounced on that as well, tweeting: "Solid achievement of 6 years of BJP's hate-filled cultural nationalism. In the evening, Rahul revealed what was in his mind, through another tweet: “Their leaders divided them internally and let their countries become battlegrounds between the dominant powers of their time. Delhi Police on Thursday registered two FIRs (First Information Reports) into the hacking of the official Twitter handle of Congress party and its Vice President Rahul Gandhi.
Good wishes to you all for the first phase of voting in Bihar.". Senior BJP leader Tarun Vijay says he has deactivated his Twitter account, "sacked the person handling his tweets" and filed a complaint with the police after a bizarre set of posts had him supporting Congress president Rahul Gandhi and appearing to criticise Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Digvijaya Singh Tweets About 'Rahul Gandhi Cabinet', Gets Trolled, Offbeat | Written By Meghna Nijhawan | Tuesday March 28, 2017. Now, someone needs Pidi's help with some new tricks. "During the silence period, star campaigners and other political leaders should refrain from addressing the media by way of press conferences and giving interviews on election matter," reads the guideline.
Back then in 2015, the Election Commission had ruled that 'there is no bar on campaign outside the poll-going constituencies'. Rahul Gandhi's tweet in Hindi roughly translates to: "Vote for Mahagathbandhan only, for nyaay [meaning justice and also Rahul Gandhi's pet promised policy of unemployment allowance], employment and farmer-labourers. ", "In such event, there should not be any direct or indirect reference amounting to soliciting support for parties or candidates in the constituencies observing the silence period.". Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter question about what is common between Pakistan, Iraq, Korea, Vietnam, Syria and Afghanistan on Thursday morning triggered wild speculation as thousands of people responded with varying interpretations according to their political persuasions. The Congress had complained but the Election Commission could take no action as there was no such guideline in place. The poll panel made amends in 2019 with another amendment in the MCC asking the parties and the poll campaigners to refrain from holding press conferences and giving interviews to media during 'silence' period for each of the phases of voting in an election.
The Mahagathbandhan had argued before the Election Commission that PM Modi's rallies might influence voters. After the hacking of Rahul Gandhi's Twitter account, followed by a breach of the Congress's account, its website and server, the party deactivated the accounts of 200 leaders because of "suspicious activity" on Thursday evening.
In 2017 during the Gujarat Assembly election, the BJP had complained to the Election Commission over Rahul Gandhi giving interviews to TV channels a day before the second phase of voting in the state polls.
On Sunday, Rahul Gandhi's pet dog 'Pidi' made a stellar debut on Twitter - one that gave rise to memes, parody accounts and even mockery from the opposition. The EC manual says, "In a multi-phased election, the silence period of last 48 hours may be on in certain constituencies while the campaign is ongoing in other constituencies. All rights reserved. In 2015 Bihar Assembly election, there was a demand from the Mahagathbandhan for a ban on the live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rallies. Who Is 'Legion' That Hacked Into Vijay Mallya, Rahul's Twitter Accounts? After Hack Attack On Rahul Gandhi, Congress Suspends 200 Twitter Accounts, India News | Reported by Sunil Prabhu, Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh | Thursday December 1, 2016. Well, it depends on how the Election Commission interprets a post on Twitter.
The Congress has decided that actor-politician Ramya will be the new head of its Digital Communications, placing her in charge of its social media and IT. He appealed to people to vote but did not seek votes for his party or alliance on Twitter. And, also Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act prohibits any form of poll campaign in the last 48 hours leading up to voting. Also Read | PM Modi says beware of those who brought jungle raj in BiharAlso Watch | Bihar election phase 1: Polling begins in 71 seats. The Election Commission later withdrew its notice sent to Rahul Gandhi.
Ms Ramya, 34, was a popular star in Kannada films. Good wishes to you all for the first phase of voting in Bihar. Bangladesh set to overtake India". His tweet evoked an immediate response from BJP-JDU supporters who called it a violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) which is in place since the day the Election Commission announced Bihar Assembly election schedule.
This tweet was posted with a hashtag "aaj badlega Bihar [Bihar will change today]". Rahul Gandhi tweets for vote on Bihar election day.