In what can be seen as an extremely callous move to ridicule Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, his tweet condoling the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput has been nefariously edited and circulated on social media.
Rahul had on Sunday (June 14) condoled the demise of Rajput and said “a young and talented actor, gone too soon”.
“I am sorry to hear about the passing of Sushant Singh Rajput. A young and talented actor, gone too soon. My condolences to his family, friends and fans across the world,” Gandhi said in a tweet.
I am sorry to hear about the passing of #SushantSinghRajput. A young & talented actor, gone too soon. My condolences to his family, friends & fans across the world.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 14, 2020
However, a few hours later, screenshots of the edited tweet, replacing the word ‘actor’ with ‘cricketer’ started doing rounds on media.
Naturally, unsolicited social media users unaware of the original tweet, shared and jumped on the ‘Pappu’ Rahul bandwagon and mocked the leader for being unaware of who Rajput was.
The distortion of the tweet was today morning brought to the fore by various Twitter handles.
Among them, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh too shared the screenshot of the fake tweet and alleged that the BJP IT cell was behind the act.
Just see how BJP distorts tweets of Rahul Gandhi ji. pic.twitter.com/71DBqMU9JY
— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) June 15, 2020
No statement has been issued by the BJP on the matter.
Meanwhile, Twitter has taken down the images of the distorted tweet.
To show disrespect and take an opportunity out of someone’s unfortunate demise in an act that should be condemned and called out on social media.
Bollywood actor Rajput was found dead at his Bandra apartment on Sunday, police said. He was 34.
“He has committed suicide at his residence. We are investigating,” a senior police officer had said.