Congress’ West Bengal unit made a faux pas on Twitter this morning, by tweeting a controversial statement by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Marking his birth anniversary, the verified handle on Saturday morning tweeted the quote, “When a big tree falls, the ground shakes”.
Rajiv’s 1984 statement was perceived as an approval to the events that transpired after the assassination of his mother and also former prime minister Indira Gandhi. The party drew flak from opposition leaders as over 3,000 people were killed in Delhi and Punjab in the anti-Sikh riots.
The tweet was deleted shortly after, but screenshots of it are trending on social media. There’s no fooling the Twitterati.
It was replaced with this:
— West Bengal Congress (@wbpcc) August 20, 2016