Former President Pranab Mukherjee bid farewell to the Rashtrapati Bhavan on July 25 and Ram Nath Kovind took oath as the 14th President of India. The official Twitter handle of Rashtrapati Bhavan will now be used by Ram Nath Kovind. It is the same Twitter handle that was earlier used by Pranab Mukherjee when he was the President. All the tweets that were posted under Pranab Mukherjee’s tenure have now been archived under a new Twitter handle @POI13.
Everyone who was was following @RashtrapatiBhvn will now automatically follow both @POI13 and @RashtrapatiBhvn. Meanwhile, since the former President did not have any personal account during his tenure, a new account with the name of @CitiznMukherjee has been created and verified.
Pranab Mukherjee had more than 3M followers on Twitter and was visibly active on the social networking site. Can you guess which was the most retweeted tweet last year?
During his tenure, Pranab Mukherjee’s most Retweeted Tweet was about demonetisation on November 8. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi stunned the nation by announcing that he was scrapping the higher denomination notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000, Pranab Mukherjee hailed the move on Twitter asserting that demonetisation will “unearth unaccounted money”.
Twitter in its official blog stated that the Pranab Mukherjee’s demonetisation tweet that was apparently the most retweeted tweet had been liked 26,236 times and retweeted 11,034 times.
Here’s the tweet we are talking about:
Even though the former President lauded the move initially, he later stated that demonetisation could lead to a temporary slowdown of the economy. “Demonetisation, while immobilizing black money and fighting corruption, may lead to a temporary slowdown of the economy. We all will have to be extra careful to alleviate the suffering of the poor which might become unavoidable for the expected progress in the long term,” Modi said.
Meanwhile, Ram Nath Kovind in his first tweet said that he was honoured to be sworn in as the 14th President of India.
Honoured to be sworn in as the 14th President of India; would be carrying out my responsibilities with all humility #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 25, 2017
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