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On Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniv, Cong leader draws flak for offending post, deletes; then clarifies

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury posted an offensive post that not hurt the feelings of a particular community but also left his own party red-faced.

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New Delhi: On the 31st death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury posted an offensive post that not hurt the feelings of a particular community but also left his own party red-faced.

Sharing a photo of Rajiv Gandhi, he captioned the photo, “When a big tree falls, the ground shakes”.

Congress veteran & ex-PM Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on May 21, 1991 by operatives of banned outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Tamil Nadu where he was on an election campaign. He was 46.

Many speculated that Adhir Choudhury’s post was aimed at highlighting the plight of party and the difficult times it was passing through. The party is facing huge organisational crisis across the states with frequent reports of bickering and many young faces jumping ship to other parties.

Soon after his post, netizens started berating the leader for his faux pas on Twitter and demanded that he tender an apology for the same.

Facing fire from all quarters, the Congress deleted that tweet and issued a clarification. He said that his previous tweet had nothing to do with his own observation.

“A malicious campaign is propagated by those forces inimical to me. The tweet against my name in the tweeter account has nothing to do with my own observation,” he tweeted.

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